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a textile & costume history blog from the Design Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Common Threads: African Objects of the Textile & Costume Collection


In April, our curator Jade Papa gave a presentation on our collection of African textiles and objects in partnership with Woodmere Art Museum and their exhibition Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia: Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven. The exhibit brought together the works of Barbara Bullock, Charles Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven, who drew inspiration from the textiles and forms of expression of the African continent. Our presentation draws connections between the work of these artists and the pieces in our collection, particularly our West African textiles (gallery below). The recorded lecture is available here:

Curator and Adjunct Professor, Textile & Costume Collection, The Design Center, Thomas Jefferson University

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