Lesli Robertson: Kuwait Project
Lesli Robertson, artist and professor of Fibers at UNT's College of Visual Arts & Design, was invited to Kuwait through the Fulbright Specialist program in 2015. Lesli worked with Al Sadu House, an organization dedicated to the tradition of Sadu weaving.
This initial trip started conversations about creating a project that would engage the local community to embrace and learn more about Sadu weaving, one of the few cultural arts in Kuwait still actively practiced today. Over the next year, Lesli and a team including Sheikha Altaf Al Sabah, Shelby Allaho, Nawal Al Baker, Hanan Al Kazemi, Amanda Batson, and others worked to develop a large scale interactive exhibition and education program called Weaving Stories. This project is a part of the Kuwait Islamic Cultural Capital events and sponsored by the National Council of Culture Arts and Letters.
On November 7th, Weaving Stories was launched at Al Shaheed Park. At the center of the exhibition are 2 interactive works: a hands-on loom and a large scale sculptural loom that is made of over 30 artists contributions. Lesli was able to involve her students from her Alternative Processes and Advanced Weaving course in creating works for this sculptural loom.
In addition to having her current students involved, the project allowed Lesli to work with two of her former students at UNT: Analise Minjarez (BFA '13) who designed the Weaving Stories logo and invitation, and Amanda Batson (BFA '09) who joined Lesli in Kuwait and created an entire education program.
The launch of the program was well attended and included hosting Ambassadors from the US, UK, and Lebanon, as well as Ministry officials from the Kuwait government.
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