Loading Events

« All Lectures

  • This lecture has passed.

Silk Road: A Textile Journey

February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wool, cotton and silk have each played a crucial role in the fortunes of Central Asia.  They were much needed resources for the great nomadic races and their cultures.

Chris Alexander was born in Turkey and spent his childhood there and in war-torn Beirut.  After school, Chris spent two years at sea before studying media and journalism at Leicester University.  He then moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving fifteenth century carpet designs and embroideries, creating employment for women.  After a year in the UK writing, “A Carpet Ride to Khiva”, he moved to the Pamirs in Tajikistan, training yak herders to comb their yaks for their cashmere-like down; he spent three years there.

Next came two years in Kyrgyzstan, living in the world’s largest natural walnut forest and establishing a wood-carving workshop.

Chris has recently finished studying at Oxford and is a curate at St. Barnabas, North Finchley.  He is the author of, “Alabaster” and “Manacle” and returns to central Asia whenever he can, conducting tours there.

Details

Date:
February 12
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Organizer

The Arts Society Grampian

Venue

Garthdee

10
Leave us feedback

avatar
10 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
10 Comment authors
Elspeth MatthewsonAlexina GrayAlison BruceJohn & Janet ParkBob Kelley Recent comment authors
Beth Batey
Guest
Beth Batey

One of the most interesting and well presented lectures I have ever heard. Thank you.

Pauline Varley
Guest
Pauline Varley

What a fascinating talk.. Very interesting to see and hear such a personal account of another world, it’s people and their way of life.
Chris is a colourful character and storyteller. We are lucky to have been able to share his experiences via The Arts Society. One of the best. Thank you.
Pauline Varley.

Robert Davidson
Guest
Robert Davidson

A full house is a consequence of a very small room rather than a measure of enthusiasm for the environment. Sardines are lifeless and processed but we have not yet reached that point. It is becoming a disincentive. Not your fault.

Chris Alexander covered a vast field of interest. Would have preferred more time spent on less material.

Morna Farquharson
Guest
Morna Farquharson

Excellent lecture. Delighted to have heard every word

Laura Murison
Guest
Laura Murison

This was an excellent lecture given by a man who obviously loves the region and its people. Fascinating insight to glorious fabrics. Thank you Chris.

Bob Kelley
Guest
Bob Kelley

Engaging speaker, with authentic stories and illustrations, explained in a very lucid way. The sound system is now sorted, I believe, but the “full house” meant it was difficult for some on the back landing to see comfortably. Is it cost or availability preventing a move back to a larger lecture theatre?

John & Janet Park
Guest
John & Janet Park

Art, craft, geography and history all rolled up into a captivating story. All achieved in such a short time, amazingly.

Alison Bruce
Guest
Alison Bruce

This was a superb, informative lecture, delivered naturally and with humour by a lecturer who clearly loves the area and knows it intimately. The visuals were outstanding and the sound with the hand held mike was perfect.

Alexina Gray
Guest
Alexina Gray

A fascinating lecture. At the end of the lecture the enthusiasm of the lecturer for his subject made me want to learn more. Really enjoyable.
The sound quality was much improved

Elspeth Matthewson
Guest
Elspeth Matthewson

This was an outstanding lecture, ranking alongside Andrew Prince earlier this session. Chris Alexander’s presentation, enthusiasm and plethora of colourful photos made it a memorable evening. I was really sorry when he finished speaking as he was brimming with knowledge and the bonus was the improved sound system.

10
Leave us feedback

avatar
Beth Batey
Guest
Beth Batey

One of the most interesting and well presented lectures I have ever heard. Thank you.

Pauline Varley
Guest
Pauline Varley

What a fascinating talk.. Very interesting to see and hear such a personal account of another world, it’s people and their way of life.
Chris is a colourful character and storyteller. We are lucky to have been able to share his experiences via The Arts Society. One of the best. Thank you.
Pauline Varley.

Robert Davidson
Guest
Robert Davidson

A full house is a consequence of a very small room rather than a measure of enthusiasm for the environment. Sardines are lifeless and processed but we have not yet reached that point. It is becoming a disincentive. Not your fault.

Chris Alexander covered a vast field of interest. Would have preferred more time spent on less material.

Morna Farquharson
Guest
Morna Farquharson

Excellent lecture. Delighted to have heard every word

Laura Murison
Guest
Laura Murison

This was an excellent lecture given by a man who obviously loves the region and its people. Fascinating insight to glorious fabrics. Thank you Chris.

Bob Kelley
Guest
Bob Kelley

Engaging speaker, with authentic stories and illustrations, explained in a very lucid way. The sound system is now sorted, I believe, but the “full house” meant it was difficult for some on the back landing to see comfortably. Is it cost or availability preventing a move back to a larger lecture theatre?

John & Janet Park
Guest
John & Janet Park

Art, craft, geography and history all rolled up into a captivating story. All achieved in such a short time, amazingly.

Alison Bruce
Guest
Alison Bruce

This was a superb, informative lecture, delivered naturally and with humour by a lecturer who clearly loves the area and knows it intimately. The visuals were outstanding and the sound with the hand held mike was perfect.

Alexina Gray
Guest
Alexina Gray

A fascinating lecture. At the end of the lecture the enthusiasm of the lecturer for his subject made me want to learn more. Really enjoyable.
The sound quality was much improved

Elspeth Matthewson
Guest
Elspeth Matthewson

This was an outstanding lecture, ranking alongside Andrew Prince earlier this session. Chris Alexander’s presentation, enthusiasm and plethora of colourful photos made it a memorable evening. I was really sorry when he finished speaking as he was brimming with knowledge and the bonus was the improved sound system.