The Jewelry Library: Tea and Textiles with Sugandha Gupta
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a talk with textile artist and designer Sugandha Gupta about her creative process, and sources of inspiration. Gupta will discuss the complexities of her intersectionality as a woman of color without color, a person with a disability, and an immigrant, and share how her intersectional experiences inform her work and practice. Exploring the different ways in which information can be disseminated, Gupta emphasizes that disability is not about overcoming one’s challenges but rather about overcoming barriers set by society. Her work navigates a world that did not consider disabled bodies and minds in the design of its existence which has led to complex layers of marginalization and reduced expectations.
Sugandha Gupta is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Social Justice at Parsons School of Design. She creates multi-sensory textiles that engage audiences through their senses. Her research interests are at the intersections of social, environmental, and disability justice. Gupta also advocates for disabilities at museums, conferences, and universities. She is an established artist and designer with over 15 years of experience. Her work has been showcased at the American Crafts Council Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Hunterdon Art Museum, NYTM, The United Nations Headquarters, and The Met. She has won prestigious awards such as the Dorthy Waxman Textile prize, CFDA Design Graduate, and International Design Award.
The Jewelry Library (TJL) is a collaborative space curated for jewelry people by jewelry people. Founded in 2018, TJL hosts a wide range of exhibitions, talks, and events all across the jewelry-spectrum, collaborating with both contemporary and vintage gallerists, artists, and collectors, as well as storytellers, historians, makers, and wearers. Along with an archive, library, and gallery space–which houses the TJL collection of books and jewelry–there is a penthouse space, The Great Room @ The Jewelry Library, for larger community gatherings, and next door, SHOP @ TJL, our new retail experience offering a monthly curation with a changing roster of artists and vintage dealers.