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Queering Textile Binaries

A Virtual Lecture Series

Like gender and sexuality, textiles are malleable and fluid. They exist in motion and are inextricably linked to performance. Textiles as a medium defy empirical categorization, manifesting equally as craft, art, fashion and more. Historically in the context of art, regardless of their universality and inherent power of pliability, textiles have often been disregarded and marginalized, siloed to domestic associations, rather than scholarly ones.

This summer we invite you to join a range of artists, designers, and academics as they explore textiles and queerness as medium of choice and identity. Through this series, they create an online space in which to call attention to, celebrate, explore, and challenge traditional binaries through critical dialogue. Across three lectures participants will learn how our guests connect their work and practice to their lived experiences; how their concepts work with and beyond the loom to interrogate a form, and how they employ dress as an expression of individual and group identity or both. Participants will leave with a renewed understanding of these distinct approaches and ideologies through a queer lens as a means to engender an expansive conversation. 

By siloing craft, fine art, and fashion as performance we also hope to locate the intrinsic and nuanced qualities of each. How do we embrace the separation and push against it? It is our hope that these similarities will surface with each session and that further connections will be made during Q&A sections moderated by Pato Hebert, artist, teacher, organizer, and Chair in the Department of Art & Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

While we hope you will join us for the full duration of the series, you are also welcome to sign up for individual lectures on topics that interest you. 

Dates & Times

Queering The Loom - Wednesday, June 26th, 2024, 5 - 6:45 pm ET

Crafting Queer Identity - Thursday, July 18th, 2024, 5 - 6:30 pm ET

Fashion as Performance - Wednesday, July 24th, 2024, 5 - 6:30 pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before each lecture

All sessions will be recorded. Following the live session, a link to each recording will be emailed to all those who register. Each recording will be available for one month following the live session.


Tickets for this event are sold on a sliding scale beginning at $15 with a suggested donation of $25, but if you wish to pay less or more than the suggested donation, you may select a different amount from the drop down menu. As always, we are grateful for your support, which ensures the continuation and preservation of textile knowledge. Thank you for making this series possible. 

Tatter Library is a registered 501(c)3. Our speaker series is part of our community programming and proceeds support the continued success of our talks with artists, scholars, and historians we admire. For this event, all ticket proceeds will go towards keeping this series alive. 


Scholarships are available for the full series. Please email to request the scholarship application form.


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TATTER explores the medium of textiles to tell human stories and cultivate understanding.