OSHR 1726 - Textiles: The Stories of Our Lives

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The stories of our lives could be told through cloth: how we use it, what it means to us and to others and the significance of cloth in various cultures.

We’ll explore how textiles have helped humans survive, communicate,express beauty, etc. Cloth is part of our past and future: embedded in ourconsciousness in ways that we may not be aware. Textiles are part of the
human story - our story. Through reading and sharing stories and textiles, we’ll discover some of the hidden meanings in cloth.

Please bring a significant piece of cloth to the first class.

Readings: Gordon, Beverly, Textiles, The Whole Story, 2011, Thames and Hudson, ISBN-13: 978-0500291139 (Available in paperback from Barnes and Noble for less than $15.00)

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Judy Newland

Currently adjunct faculty at CU Boulder teaching exhibit design and development, Judy Newland has worked in the museum field for over 15 years at a variety of university museums. She taught a variety of graduate seminars including Exhibit Design and Development, Museums and Popular Culture, Material Culture and the Anthropology of Art. Her museum research aims to understand and advance a collaborative exhibit development process. Her textile history research includes archaeological textile fieldwork in Peru and cultural textile practices around the world. Judy has a special interest in weaving in the Southwest and is a practicing weaver and sustainable natural dyer.