SAINT AUGUSTINE – Flagler College will host the “Deeper Than Indigo: Southeast Textile Symposium.” Feb. 21 – 23. The symposium provides an opportunity to investigate the rich history of St. Augustine and the Southeastern United States through the lens of the indigo trade and the repercussions of slavery and colonialism. Programming includes speaking events, a self-guided field trip day, public art project, national juried fiber exhibition, documentary film and a luncheon. All speaking events are free and open to the public. Fees are associated with the luncheon and some field trip experiences.
The symposium is led by Elizabeth Kozlowski, editor of “Surface Design” journal and Laura Mongiovi, associate professor of art and design at Flagler College.
Ten speakers are scheduled to present. Experts include historians, anthropologists and contemporary artists. Rowland Ricketts, trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, is the keynote speaker. Ricketts is an associate professor of textiles at Indiana University.
The first event of its kind, the symposium will feature nationally-recognized speakers on the specific topics being explored. The first day opens with a city-wide exploration of various historical sites to help illustrate interconnectedness in the history and infrastructure of colonial St. Augustine. Day two will begin with speakers and end with an opening reception for “Contemporary Fibers,” a national juried fiber exhibition at Tovar House located at the Oldest House Museum Complex. The third day rounds out the symposium with individual speakers, panels and a luncheon.
Some southeastern historical sites to be brought into the dialogue include Ossabaw Island, Kingsley Plantation Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve as well as Governor James Grant’s Villa Plantation.
A luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23. Reservations and fee are required to participate in the luncheon, before Feb. 14. For more information about the symposium programs please visit the website here.
The symposium is part of Flagler College’s Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence program which brings nationally and internationally-renowned experts to the campus, building on a tradition established when Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon served as an inspiration for stories, a haven for new ideas, a canvas for artistic endeavors, a showcase for new technology and a setting for athletic competitions. In its first decade, nearly 100 scholars and artists have participated in the program. This year’s series was specially created for the 50th anniversary of Flagler College, 1968-2018.
The last Ideas & Images presentation for the academic year will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall. Presenter Jane Landers, Ph.D., will present, “Changing the Narrative of Slavery in Museums and Public History Sites: Adding the Missing Spanish Past.”
Sponsors for the series in addition to Flagler College include: Casa Monica Hotel, National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, The Joy McCann Foundation, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Florida’s Historic Coast, Flagler College Bookstore, and Florida Public Archaeology Network.