Olana is hosting a free webinar, ‘Traditional Patterns and New Narratives: Exploring Toile de Jouy‘ on Thursday, February 17th.
While “toile de jouy” is best known for depicting bucolic scenes of 18th and 19th century life, contemporary artists and designers have upended these associations through their own takes on toile. During this program, Sheila Bridges will discuss the development of her prominent Harlem Toile De Jouy design as well as her Hudson Valley Toile series and be joined by textile artist Richard Saja for a conversation on the ways the legacy of toile has been altered, homaged, and expanded moderated by journalist Sabine Rothman. As Sheila Bridges’ prominent toile serieses incorporate new and unexpected images into a toile motif–such as scenes reflecting Sheila Bridges’ African American heritage or images of Frederic Church painting a cell tower–Saja uses embroidery to create unexpected images out of traditional toile fabric. This lively moderated conversation will examine how a historic design can be used to tell new stories and incorporate diverse narratives.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 17, 2022 / 6 – 7pm
LOCATION: Via Zoom
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