Hanna Rose Shell
Author, Artist, Associate Professor-University of Colorado Boulder
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
October 2023 Day & Evening Program
Hanna Rose Shell studies aesthetics, textiles, and the interface of art and science in the form of text and film.
Shell’s 2020 book, SHODDY: From Devil’s Dust to the Renaissance of Rags, examines recycled textiles as transformative media forms through the lenses of aesthetics, material culture, history, and critical theory.
- Day Presentation: Tales of Textile Intrigue I: The Secret History and Creative Possibility of Wool Waste
This is a presentation based on Shell’s book Shoddy: From Devil’s Dust to the Renaissance of Rags
The history of modern-day old clothes recycling begins with a thing called shoddy. Starting in the early 1800s, shoddy was the name given to a new material made from reclaimed wool, and to one of the earliest forms of industrial recycling.
Old rags and leftover fabric clippings were ground to bits by a machine known as “the devil” and then re-used. Usually undisclosed, shoddy-also known as reworked wool-became suit jackets, army blankets, mattress stuffing, and much more.
Shoddy is the afterlife of rags. And Shoddy, the book, reveals hidden worlds of textile intrigue.
- Evening Presentation: Tales of Textile Intrigue II: A Community Workshop
Participants will bring an article of clothing (either acquired secondhand, handmade, or that has had a “long life” in relation to the participant) to the event. Stories will be told, new relationships and ways of talking about textiles created. Possibility for creative community darning a possibility.
- October 9, 2023 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
Tales of Textile Intrigue I: The Secret History and Creative Possibility of Wool Waste
- October 10, 2023 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
Tales of Textile Intrigue II: A Community Workshop
Handweavers Guild of Boulder meetings are open to the public and held at Mountain View Methodist Church
Meeting details – https://handweaversofboulder.org/meetings.html