Voluntary Arts: 'Microblogging & Social Media' with lace maker Elena Kanagy-Loux (free online)

Fri, 05/02/2021

Have you heard about the woman who has founded a lacemaking guild in Brooklyn, made a lace collar for the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and introduced traditional lacemaking to the TikTok generation? Join Voluntary Arts and the Heritage Crafts Association for a chance to meet Elena Kanagy-Loux, hear about how she’s been promoting her heritage craft on TikTok (@erenanaomi 327k followers) and Instagram (@erenanaomi 43k followers), and discuss how you could use these platforms to raise awareness about your craft.

Our next online #CreativeNetworkCrafts conversation is taking place on Zoom on Friday 5 February and the theme is 'Microblogging & Social Media' with lace maker Elena Kanagy-Loux who will be joining us as our special guest all the way from New York City!  

Join us to hear about how Elena's been promoting her heritage craft on TikTok and Instagram, and discuss how you could use these platforms to raise awareness about your craft.  Scroll down for more information about Elena and her work.

Our Zoom tickets have sold out but you can still join us on Friday 5 February 2021 at 3.30pm  to watch the live stream via www.facebook.com/heritagecraftsassociation/live  Facebook participants will be able to submit questions via the Facebook thread on the day.

More about Elena Kanagy-Loux

Elena is a descendent of the Amish and grew up between the US and Japan, where she was immersed in both traditional Mennonite crafts and the DIY fashion scene in Tokyo's Harajuku neighbourhood. After receiving her BFA in Textile Design from FIT, she won a grant which funded a four-month trip to study lacemaking across Europe in 2015. Upon returning to NYC, she co-founded Brooklyn Lace Guild, an organization devoted to the preservation of lacemaking, and began teaching bobbin lace classes at the Textile Arts Center. 

In 2018 she completed her MA in Costume Studies at NYU where she based her thesis on interviews with lacemakers that she conducted on her European travels. Currently Elena is the Collections Specialist at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to hands-on activities, she lectures widely at conferences and for graduate classes and has multiple publications in the works, all of which she documents across multiple popular social media accounts.

You can follow Elena on Instagram: @erenanaomi @brooklynlaceguild @metrattitextilecenter and on TikTok: @erenanaomi.

This is a free, open discussion and all participants will be able to take part in the conversation via online discussions and Q&As. We are live-streaming this Zoom conversation on Facebook, just follow this link a little before 3.30pm on Friday 5 February to join us www.facebook.com/heritagecraftsassociation/live  Please Note: Facebook participants will be able to submit questions and join the discussion via the Facebook conversation and we will feed your questions and comments into the Zoom discussion where possible.

Don't forget to join our #CreativeNetworkCrafts Facebook Group (click here), this is where we will announce details of the theme and our guests.  You can also use the Facebook group to continue the conversations, share ideas, ask questions, post videos, inspire and be inspired! 
 
More about #CreativeNetworkCrafts

Voluntary Arts have teamed up with the Heritage Crafts Association to co-host regular monthly #CreativeNetworkCrafts Zoom sessions, that generally take place on the first Friday of each month generally from 9:30 to 10:30am, and each focus on a different theme. This craft community shares ideas, inspires and supports each other through the pandemic and beyond. We discuss issues, challenges and find solutions.  You can find out more about our previous Zoom conversations where we discussed a range of themes that affect amateur and professional craftspeople here.

Don't forget to join our #CreativeNetworkCrafts Facebook Group (click here), this is where we will announce details of the theme and our guests.  You can also use the Facebook group to continue the conversations, share ideas, ask questions, post videos, inspire and be inspired! 
 
Photo shows: Lace Maker Elena Kanagy-Loux, in her studio in New York City.
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