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Prof. Hilary Snow to lecture at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

September 26, 2013

Prof. Hilary K. Snow, Post-doctoral Fellow in Art History and Asian Studies, will give a lecture titled “Weaving, Dyeing, Printing: Textiles and Clothing in Japanese Woodblock Prints” at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Guests are invited to arrive at 9:30 a.m.

During the 18th and 19th centuries in Japan, woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) became a popular medium for depicting daily life and interests of the newly prosperous merchant class. From the luxurious kimonos worn by Kabuki actors and courtesans to more humble workers’ clothes, woodblock prints displayed the wide range of textiles produced in early modern Japan. This talk will highlight examples of textile production as shown in prints and explore how prints helped to disseminate textile patterns and influenced consumer fashion. Textile styles developed and perfected during this period form the basis of many modern textile styles in Japan.

The museum’s Barn Gallery will be adorned with fiber arts from and influenced by Japan, including 33 award-winning traditional and contemporary quilts from Japan’s largest quilt guild show. Later in the day, guests may choose to stay for a temari ball workshop that runs from noon to 4 p.m.

Registration can be made in person, at the museum, or online at  The fee for the lecture is $10 per person, and includes admission to the museum’s Japanese Influences in Fiber Arts exhibit.