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Bonnie Corwin, Publisher-Editor
Bonnie Corwin enjoyed a career as the creator of packaging and displays in New York for Revlon and L'Oreal. Her love of Asian textiles developed in the early 1980s when she lived in Hong Kong for two and a half years. Travel to Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and other South East Asian destinations introduced Bonnie to the intriguing world of batik, ikat and complex supplementary weaving. Bonnie and her husband returned to Hong Kong in 2005 where she became a member of the Textile Society and eventually editor of their newsletter, a job she continued after moving to Japan in 2008. Bonnie worked to build relationships and support for the newsletter and came to appreciate the unique position a newsletter has among Asian textile enthusiasts internationally. After the demise of the Textile Society of Hong Kong, in 2009 Bonnie continued with the new publicationTextiles Asia.
John E. Vollmer, Advisor
John Vollmer is an internationally renowned curator and scholar in the fields of Asian art, textiles and costumes, decorative arts and design. Prior to becoming a Consultant in 1991, John held a wide range of academic positions at universities in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He also has extensive international curatorial experience and was Director of the Kent State University Museum, Ohio, and the founding Executive Director of the Design Exchange, Toronto. John is the author of 30 museum exhibition catalogues, and his articles have been published in many international journals and publications. He is the author of several books on Qing dynasty dress, including Emblems of Empire, Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta,
co-authored with Jacqueline Simcox.
Valerie Foley, Contributing Editor Japan
Valerie Foley lived in Japan for ten years. She received a master's degree in Japanese textile history from Tama Art University (Tama Bijutsu Daigaku), studying under Professor Yamanobe Tomoyuki. She curated The Secret Life of Japanese Textiles (an overview of traditional Japanese textiles) in 2007 and Good Things in Small Packages (a survey of vintage children's kimonos) in 2008. Ms. Foley's articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Japan Times, Surface Design and the newsletter of the Textile Society of Hong Kong.
Maria Wronska-Friend, Contributing Editor Indonesia
Maria Wronska-Friend is a social anthropologist who, as a researcher and museum curator, has for almost thirty years been pursuing her interest in Indonesian textiles and dress. Her PhD from the Institute of Arts at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland, investigated the influence of Javanese batik on European Art Nouveau and Art Deco and was the outcome of extensive research conducted on Java as well as examination of European museum holdings. Since 1992
Dr. Wronska-Friend has been associated with James Cook University in Australia where she currently holds the position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer. She has curated several exhibitions in Australia and Poland promoting Indonesian textiles and has visited Java, Sumatra, Bali and Sulawesi organizing a collection of fabrics for her university. In 2014, in Jakarta, she will publish a book examining the influence of the Javanese batik technique and aesthetics on textiles made in Europe, Africa, India and Australia.
Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Contributing Editor Tibet and Chinese Minorities
Dale Carolyn Gluckman is a highly respected independent museum consultant, curator, and a textile study tour leader to Asia. She holds degrees in art and costume history from UCLA and was a founding board member of the Textile Society of America. Dale earned an international reputation as a curator and department head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and has consulted and created exhibitions for numerous museums in North America. Specializing in Asian textiles and dress, her long list of exhibition credits include When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan; Fabric of Enchantment: Batik from the North Coast of Java; Colour & Light: Embroidery from India and Pakistan; and Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China. Dale has lectured widely and has published extensively on Asian textiles. She is currently a senior consultant for The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok which opened in 2012 and was a member of the international team that created the museum over the previous nine years.
Gill Green, Contributing Editor Cambodia
Gillian Green is author of Traditional Textiles of Cambodia (2003) and Pictorial Textiles of Cambodia (2008). She is an Honorary Associate in the School of Letters, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is also Vice President of The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA). Her current research interests focus on the cross-cultural influences on traditional textile designs in the mainland and insular Southeast Asia regions. She is also interested in the impact of colonially-introduced modernity on the patterns appearing at the turn of the twentieth century in that region.
Sumru Belger Krody, Contributing Editor Central Asia
Sumru Belger Krody is Senior Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum. Over the years Ms. Krody has presented many lectures in public and scholarly forums, written many articles on textile art, curated numerous Textile Museum exhibitions and authored or co-authored four books written to accompany some of her major exhibitions: The Sultan's Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art (2012), Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (2010), Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region (2006) and Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery (2000).
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Ms. Krody received her B.A. and her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Istanbul University and from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, respectively. Her specific research interest concerns the late antique and Islamic textiles with special focus on the influence of textile technique and structure on the artistic, social and economic power of textiles.
Linda McIntosh, Contributing Editor Thailand
Dr. Linda S. McIntosh specializes in mainland Southeast Asian textiles, particularly examples produced by the Tai ethnic groups. She grew up listening to the repetitious beats of her Lao mother's loom and first learned how to weave from her mother at the age of six. Her Masters degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, USA, focused on the textiles of the various Tai groups of Thailand, and her doctoral thesis from Simon Fraser University, Canada, explored Phuthai textiles of Laos. Field research has led her to collect data not only in Thailand and Laos but also in Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma. She is an advisor to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, and serves as a consultant on development projects in her mother's country. Her curatorial work includes two exhibitions at the Jim Thompson Art Center: Status, Myth and the Supernatural: Ritual Tai Textiles in 2005 and Weaving Paradise in 2007-8. Her 2014 endeavour is the exhibit Handmade in Asia: Weaving the Cosmic Serpent in Laos at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. She served as curator for The James HW Thompson Foundation and the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection in Bangkok. Her book Art of Southeast Asian Textiles: The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection was published in 2012.
Zhao Feng, Contributing Editor China
Zhao Feng is the executive director of China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou; the director of Chinese Centre for Textile Identification and Conservation (CCTIC), Hangzhou; and Professor for History of Textiles and Costume at Donghua University, Shanghai. He graduated from the Zhejiang Institute of Silk Textile (present day Zhejiang University of Sciences) in Hangzhou in 1982, and obtained a PhD degree at the China Textile University (present day Donghua University) in Shanghai in 1997. Publications include A History of Silk Art (Chinese), Silk and the Silk Road in the Tang Dynasty (Chinese), Treasures in Silk: An Illustrated History of Chinese Textiles (Chinese/English), The General History of Chinese Silk (Chinese with English abstracts and illustration captions), Textiles from Dunhuang in UK Collections (Chinese and English versions), Textiles from Dunhuang in French Collections (Chinese and French versions), and over 100 research articles. Zhao was warded the Sylvan and Pamela Coleman Fellowship by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1997-1998; the Veronika Gervers Memorial Fellowship by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto in 1999-2000; and a grant from the British Academy to work on the textiles in Aurel Stein's collection at the British Museum in 2006; Chinese Government Publication Award in 2007; Cultural Heritage Protection Award in 2009.