07 Jul 2023 / 07 Jul 2023

Threading Cultures with Caleb Sayan of Textile Hive: IFAM LECTURE SERIES

Jul 7, 2023 At Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium

Caleb Sayan is the co-founder of Textile Hive and the son of Andrea Aranow. Sayan conceived, assembled, and led the team responsible for the digitization of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design and the creation of a visual database that houses the collection online. Sayan’s deep appreciation for the history, intricacies, and tactile nature of textiles, combined with his passion for technology and its application in enhancing interactions with cultural material, led him to create Textile Hive. Currently, Sayan consults through Visual Archiving Solutions on large-scale digitization projects. Visual Archiving enhances and augments large physical collections, transforming them from static to dynamic assets, and serves institutional, private, and corporate collections.

Growing up in Peru, London, Japan, China, and the United States, Sayan was surrounded by textiles and foreign cultures. He graduated from Trinity College in 2000 with a degree in International and Comparative Politics. Since 2003, he has worked with the Andrea Aranow Textile Collection, initially as a New York City business providing inspiration for textile designers.

In 2009, Sayan relocated the collection to Portland, Oregon, and embarked on the project to digitize the contents of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection, aiming to make it accessible to a wider and more diverse audience. The ultimate goal for the project and the collection’s future was to find a permanent home, either with an educational institution, cultural organization, or through a partnership, where both physical and digital collections could be fully utilized, built upon, and preserved for future generations. However, unable to find a suitable home, Sayan made the decision in 2014 to establish an independent, member-supported organization as the best path for the collection and its future.

In October 2018, Sayan founded and helped organize Portland TextileX Month, a grassroots community textile festival. Each October, the festival fosters cross-pollination among textile enthusiasts, artists, businesses, schools, and cultural organizations by creating programming that promotes the sharing of textile histories, knowledge, commerce, experiences, and practices across cultures and generations, both in Portland and beyond. The festival has included events and collaborations worldwide, including in Japan (Tango, Kiryu, Tokyo) and Indonesia (Yogyakarta, Batang, Sumatra). Since his mother’s passing in July 2021, Caleb has established the Andrea Aranow Textile Center to house, organize, and digitize all of his mother’s textile collections, research notes, field slides, books, and associated materials. Caleb’s goal is to launch a series of four exhibits starting in 2023 under the banner of Textiles From Heaven, which aims to honor his mother and the craftspeople who created the textiles she collected.

2023-07-07 14:00:00 2023-07-07 3:00:00 America/Denver Threading Cultures with Caleb Sayan of Textile Hive Another amazing event at SITE Santa Fe Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium SITE Santa Fe info@sitesantafe.org