The UW–Madison Division of the Arts welcomed Judy Frater as the spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence.
Judy Frater is a curator, author, and school director who lived in the Kutch region in Northwest India for 30 years. She is an award-winning Ashoka Fellow, founded a design school for artisans, currently operating as Somaiya Kala Vidya, and co-founded the Kala Raksha Trust and Museum.
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About the Artist
Living in the Kutch region in the Northwest part of India for 30 years, Judy Frater co-founded Kala Raksha Trust and Museum. An award-winning Ashoka Fellow, she founded the first design schools for artisans: Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya and its current structure Somaiya Kala Vidya. Previously, she was Associate Curator of The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, The Art of the Dyer in Kutch, and numerous other publications. Frater also received the Sir Misha Black Medal.
The Spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Teaching program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Design Studies Department with Professor Jenny Angus as lead faculty. Current additional supporters include the Art Department, Department of Art History, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), Center for Design and Material Culture, Center for South Asia, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
The UW–Madison Division of the Arts has hosted world-class artists-in-residence since 1995 and formally launched the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) in 1999. The program recently changed its name to the Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Teaching (IART) Program. IART is made possible by funding from the university’s Office of the Provost.
Zakiya Adil Khatri’s father, a batik artist, treated boys and girls equally. Zakiya practiced batik in the workshop when the artisans weren’t around. In 2013, she took design courses atKala Raksha Vidhyalaya (KRV). “Women do the work and men get the credit,” she said. In 2017, Zakiya traveled to Cusco, Peru to present to an international gathering of women artisans. “Education is everything,” she said, and the audience applauded. “The first thing is that women in India face great obstacles,” she said. “An Indian woman can succeed only if her father-and husband-support her.”
Irfan Anwar Khatri learned block printing when he was fifteen. When his father passed away suddenly, Irfan assumed responsibility for the home and business at the age of 22.In 2007, he traveled to UK. “I saw craft as a means of cross-cultural communication,” he said. He has since traveled to Indonesia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Dubai, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China to attend conferences and conduct workshops.
Adil Mustak Khatri revived his family tradition.After twelfth grade, he learned bandhani, then took design courses at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya (KRV) to learn more. Through his work and design he pushes boundaries in bandhani and shibori. He received the World Crafts Council seal of excellence. In 2020, Adil was juried into the highly competitive International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.
Prakash Naran Siju’s family is one of a very few who have made flat weave carpets for several generations. Prakash learned carpet weaving from his father, and now has nearly a decade and a half of experience. He stands out as a leader in craft community, now mentoring young weavers in his village of Bhujodi.
Resources + Media Mentions
- In response to the Coming Together exhibition, Center for Design and Material Culture Executive Director Sarah Anne Carter reflects on the interdisciplinary nature of the exhibition and its close relationship to two of the CDMC pillars.
- ClothRoads named Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation a top pick for May textile events!
- Read “Judy Frater weaves together UW-Madison students and Indian artisans,” courtesy of The Cap Times
- Judy Frater’s interdisciplinary arts residency events and exhibition “Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation” (April 20-May 27) at UW–Madison
- Division of the Arts to host Judy Frater as the Spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, courtesy of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
- The Department of Art History issued a save the date for Our Kind of Happy Hour with Judy Frater
- ONLINE: Our Kind of Happy Hour courtesy of Isthmus
- Our Kind of Happy Hour with Judy Frater was a featured event in Madison Magazine‘s “26 events to help you get the most out of February“
- UW–Madison to host Judy Frater as the spring 2022 Division of the Arts’ interdisciplinary artist-in-residence
- Judy Frater website: textileslive.com
- UW–Madison Division of the Arts Announces a major change to the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program
- Video: Co Design: An International Collaboration
- Judy Frater on Instagram: @judyfrater
- Blog: Threads of Identity
Cultural Diversity, Connection, Value, and Sustainability – the Role of Hand Craft
Course: Design Studies 527 – Global Artisans
Day/Time: Spring 2022 | Mon. & Wed. 1:45-3:45 pm
Credits: 3 | Counts for certificates in Design Strategy, Global Health, and/or Textiles and Design
Location: Innovation Lab, 2194 Nancy Nicholas Hall | 1300 Linden Dr.
Prereq: Minimum junior standing
Description: Utilizing design thinking, students in this project-based survey course will be exposed to important issues surrounding small-scale artisan production, value, and sustainability. Students will develop valuable hands-on skills working with artisan partners through craft techniques, design, quality control, branding, and story-telling.
Students will explore the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and learn to use the holdings as inspiration, and then exhibit their co-designed work later in the semester in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. Four textile artisans, a hand weaver, hand block printer and natural dyer, a bandhani (Shibori) artist, and an embroiderer, will virtually co-teach the studio craft sessions and coordinate the artisans partnering with students in the co-design segment.
The course is open to those with at least a Junior standing. The course is open to any major, though might be of interest to students in the areas of art, anthropology, design, arts administration, museum studies, South Asian studies, and business/marketing.
- Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation is now available to view online!
- Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation was on display at the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery in Nancy Nicholas Hall from April 20 through Friday, May 27.
- Hear from Global Design students enrolled in Judy’s course during a student panel on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall or via Zoom.
- Don’t miss the Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation exhibition opening and trunk show on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Nancy Nicholas Hall.
- The Center for South Asia hosts a talk with Judy Frater on the residency and the upcoming exhibition Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation on Thursday, April 14 from noon-1 p.m. at 206 Ingraham Hall.
- Get a glimpse at what a day in class with Judy Frater is like via @uwmadisonarts Instagram
Join us for a virtual Our Kind of Happy Hour with Judy Frater as she discusses “Embroidery: A Women’s History of Kutch” on the Chazen Museum of Art’s Facebook Page.
Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation Talk by Judy Frater
April 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI
Judy Frater, spring 2022 interdisciplinary artist-in-residence, will talk about the residency and upcoming exhibition Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation.
Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation
April 20 – May 27, 2022
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI
This exhibition is a collaboration between traditional textile artisan designers in the Kutch district in northwest India and students enrolled in Judy Frater’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency course at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These final works, along with their inspiration object from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, will be on view in celebration of the language of tradition, collaboration, and hand work in textile design.
Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation Trunk Show & Exhibition Reception
April 30, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT
The Link, First Floor, Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI
Co-design teams comprising UW–Madison students enrolled in Judy Frater’s spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency course and traditional artisans from Kutch, India have worked together this semester to present the exhibition Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation and a public trunk show. The work being sold will consist of limited editions of the co-designed textiles as well as pieces designed and produced by the artisans. During this time, the exhibition will be open and there will be a reception. The trunk show is supported by the Global Artisans Initiative.
Public Presentations by Design Studies 527: Global Artisans Students
May 3, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm CDT
Wisconsin Idea Room, 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI
This semester, students in the spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency course with Judy Frater collaborated with traditional weaving, embroidery, block-printing, and bandhani artists from the Kutch district of India. The students look forward to sharing their collaboration experiences throughout this class in a public presentation.