This article was originally found in the September 2020 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 29, Issue 3, Page 28).

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TAASA QLD launched into new territory with online ZOOM sessions and was thrilled to welcome TAASA members from around the country and as far afield as London and Tokyo! On 14 June 2020, Conversations 1, Indonesian textiles: The collector, the curator and the designer included presentations by Greg Pankhurst, sharing his extensive collection of cloths from Lampung; scholar Maria Friend who spoke on the topic of Contemporary batik production in Java for the Japanese market, and Carla van Lunn, presenting her own contemporary batik prints produced in collaboration with artisans on the island of Madura.

The talks prompted a lively conversation amongst the audience. Chinese throne cushion cover, c1800, yellow silk / silk AND metallic thread embroidery; 59.5 x 64 cm.

MAAS, purchased with funds donated by Ken and Yasuko Myer 1989 Conversations 2, Japan: Art & Life, was held on 19 July 2020 and featured James MacKean, presenting the extraordinary life of Showa era restaurateur and ceramicist Kitaoji Rosanjin and Emily Wakeling speaking about artists’ resistance in the face of censorship at the 2019 Aichi Triennale. Goodwill surmounted some technical problems with this session midway and there was an opportunity for informal and engaged conversation with James and Emily...