Thread Lines 2016
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Thread Lines: Cross-Cultural Textile Traditions in the Netherlands, the Caribbean, and New York
Artist-in-Residence: Farida Sedoc at the Wyckoff House Museum
August 12- September 24, 2016
The Wyckoff House Museum is pleased to welcome its inaugural artist-in-residence. Amsterdam based textile artist, Farida Sedoc will turn the historic house’s 18th Century formal parlor into a temporary art studio in August and September. The artist will host weekly open studio hours for the public and invite visitors to partake in her collaborative artistic process.
Thread Lines bridges heritage with contemporary culture, using art as a medium to explore our relationships with fabric, fibers, and textiles. In interrogating this relationship we will explore the historic means of textile production and trade through research, workshops and art making at the Wyckoff House Museum. The AIR will culminate in a fashion collection and abstract textile works. Thread Lines hopes to inspire visitors and neighbors to explore their personal identity and shared cultural heritage through collaborative workshops and art making.
The Artist-in-Residence Program at the Wyckoff House Museum is a unique opportunity for contemporary artists to consider and respond to the history of early New York through the narrative of the Wyckoff House, one of New York’s oldest, now situated in East Flatbush, a primarily Caribbean community today.
Open Studio Hours
View, learn, and participate in the artist’s patchwork based practice. Each Friday join the artist and program partners from 2-6 pm featuring co-hosts and unique programming. FREE
August 12, 2-6pm
August 26, 2-6pm – Contemporary Textile Traditions. In conversation with Jessica Lynn (artsblack) and curator Curator Aleia Brown (@ 3 p.m.)
September 9, 2-6pm – Learn about Surinamese influence on Dutch history and culture for a talk with renowned Dutch scholars at 3pm. Join Historian, Professor, Author and Activist Cynthia McLeod-Ferrier and Theater Artist and Director of Amsterdam’s renowned Bijlmerpark Theater, Ernestine Comvalius.
September 16, 2-6pm: Talkin about textile and fiber based arts & culture with Kelly Valetta, Director of Textile Arts Center.
September 23, 2-6pm Learn about urban Caribbean culture from Amsterdam to Brooklyn with Shelley Worrell, Founder and Executive Director of Caribbeing (@ 4PM)
Learn new-wave patchworking techniques with Farida Sedoc. Drop-in workshop appropriate for all ages and abilities. FREE.
Saturday, August 20, 11am-3pm in conjunction with Family Day
Saturday, September 24, 1-3pm during the Breukelen Country Fair
Exhibition Opening Reception
Enjoy music and refreshments, hear from the artist, and enjoy a presentation of original contemporary artwork at New York City’s oldest. FREE.
Saturday, September 24, 5-7 pm – Exhibition and Reception
About the Artist
Farida Sedoc is an Amsterdam based contemporary textile artist. Born in the Netherlands to Surinamese immigrants, Farida’s work blends traditional Surinamese fabric with contemporary street art and fashion. Growing up in Amsterdam in the 1990’s, Farida became fascinated by diverse subculture and fashion she witnessed on the city streets and in hip hop videos on MTV. Her work is closely connected to the ideology of street culture, where the city and the citizens meet, and identity is perpetually interrogated. For Farida, the street is the ultimate stage for self expression. After studying textile & fashion at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in the Hague, Farida started her own textile studio, Hosselaer where she uses silk screening, photography, graphic design, collage, printmaking, and fashion to create visual stories. Her work blurs the line between high art and wearable clothing, and has been exhibited at diverse venues including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Appelsap festival, the Amsterdam Museum, and Amsterdam Fashion Week.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation. Thread Lines is an Historic House Trust Contemporary Art Partnership.