Frieda Sorber (Be)

1976 : masters degree in arts history and archeology, State University Ghent, Belgium

since 1976 : assistant curator later curator at the Textielmuseum Vrieselhof, since 2001 curator historical collections Fashion Museum Antwerp. The collection consists of Western European costumes and textiles

1985 : Technical diploma jacquard weaving , State Technical Institute Ghent

Since the early 1980's regular field trips to mainly Islamic countries, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Indonesia, Turkey, Morocco, Peru ; focus on traditional textile and costume production and trade.

1998 scientific advize and catalogue contributions : Magisch Marokko at the Museum voor Midden-Afrika, Tervuren, Belgium

1989-90 : Threads of Time, video project in Fez Morocco, organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis USA

2001 : collaboration and catalogue contributions 'The Fabric of Moroccan Life', Indianapolis Museum of Art and National Museum of African History Washington D.C.

2006 : Brussels Royal Museums for Art and History : collaboration on an exhibition with catalogue about the textile workshops of Charles, duke of Lorraine, near Brussels in the 3rd quarter of the 18th century

2007-2008 : project coordinator and textile researcher at the Royal Institute for the Cultural Heritage in Brussels : subject : the medieval  relics of the Herkenrode Abbey

2008-2009 : project coordinator at the Flemish Community government Brussels, for a checklist of important textiles kept in Flemish public and private collections, in view of legal protection for important cultural heritage

2009 : November field work in the Cusco area and Lima Peru, searching for traces of Flemish lace exported to Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries

2010 - 2011 : preparation and catalogue contribution for the exhibition : From Hairpin to Shoe Buckle, accessories in gold and Siulver, Zilvermuseum Sterckshof, Antwerp- Deurne

in preparation : a book on embroidery of the 15th and 16th centuries in the province of Antwerp, where 2 major productions centers were located.

In preparation : contributions to publications on lace (Gorizia, Italy) and textile printing (Modemuseum, Hasselt)

Technology has always deeply interested me. And I very much enjoy comparing technologies in different areas and time periods. This led me to a production of my own work, influenced by my travel experiences.

1996 : The Art of Passementerie, New York, The New York School of Design, contribution with modern passementerie

2003 : solo exhibition : 'Transformaties', Art Gallery De Mijlpaal, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

2006 : solo exhibition : On-natuurlijk; Cultureel Centrum Herk-de-Stad, Belgium

2006 : solo exhibition : Kleur bekennen : Museum Taxandria and city of Turnhout, Belgium

2010 : Co curator and artist at the exhibition : ‘Ingewikkeld', Hasselt Clariss convent ;textile work based om my studies of medieval relics, involving medieval techniques of flower making, work with gold and silver threads, and inkjet digital printing

2011 : april ; artist in residence at Fondazione Lisio, Florence; I concentrated on working out two designs and wove them on a handloom in silk velvet

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