Postponement of the ETN conference in Lodz!

Dear ETN members and friends of ETN!

Andreas Selzer, my husband and ETN general secretary, had an artery dissection in the brain and is in the hospital. The last few days have been dramatic. Now, everything seems stable and we are hoping for a full recovery. We are somewhat relieved and grateful, but it will take time and he will not be able to work fully for several weeks.

We are very sorry, but due to this situation we have to postpone the conference in Poland. I just feel unable to handle the conference at the beginning of November on my own. Andreas is responsible for the entire organizational part with registrations and invoices. It's difficult to train someone else on such short notice and we need to focus on Andreas' recovery now. We do hope you understand.

The ETN board is already in contact with the colleagues in Poland to fix an alternative date as soon as possible, we are looking at the beginning of 2023. We will send out another e-mail with the new date within the next week and we hope that many of you will bear with us and will come to Lodz early 2023!

According to our statues, the ETN association should be having A General Assembly by the end of November this year. I have already asked the Austrian association authorities and due to the illness of one board member we have permission to hold the new elections for the association up to six months later. Everything stays legal.

We are very sorry if you are experiencing any inconvenience due to the postponement, but unfortunately the situation is indeed exceptional, and we see no other way. We very much hope for your understanding - thank you!

All the best and kind regards,
Christina and Andreas

ABOUT (Update with new dates will follow in the next days!)

The 20th ETN conference will take place from November 03 until 05, 2022 in Łódź, Poland and will have the motto „Codes - stories in textiles“. A wide range of lectures will illuminate countless stories that are hidden in textiles and reflect the character of different cultures.. The conference will be held as a hybrid event. This means that an on-site attendance will be possible, but participants and speakers may also take part online via Zoom. Should the geopolitical or the Covid19 situation develop in a direction that makes an on-site conference completely impossible, the conference will be held on November 04 and 05 as a purely online event. 

The conference was originally planned in St. Petersburg and it is very sad that this is not possible due to the political situation. However, we are glad that we found a very interesting alternative conference location in Poland. Łódź is a traditional textile town well known to many ETN members. There is a large textile museum, the "Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź", which is also home to a well-known International Triennial of Tapestry. Chief Curator is ETN Board Member Marta Kowalewska. This year the event is taking place for the 17th time and has the motto "Entangled State". From 477 applications, a jury selected 57 works, which will be shown in a major exhibition between October 8, 2022 and April 15, 2023. More information about the ITT is available here:,226 
Another vital partner and host of the lectures on Nov 04 and 05 is the Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź. This Academy with it’s outstanding textile department will impress you with a tour through the studios of Decorative Textiles. All lectures will be heard in the large, state of the art auditorium at the Academy.
Have a look at Christina’s and Andreas’ recent report about their visit in Lodz:

We are very honoured and thrilled that we can be guests at this special textile hotspot with this year’s ETN conference beginning of November. The theme of the conference is "CODES - Stories in Textiles". We look forward to interesting international speakers who will talk about the many facets of this topic. Contributions from the field of modern textile art, textile handicrafts as well as lectures that shed light on historical or ethnographic aspects can be expected. The conference logo shows so-called Khipus as a motif, knotted cords from the Inca culture in South America. These Khipus were used in times before the Spanish influence to archive various information using knots. During the conference we will hear an exciting talk by researcher Manuel Medrano on this topic. Of course, a visit to the Triennale and interesting exhibitions are also part of the conference programme.

We are looking forward meeting you in Lodz!


Conference hall at the Academy of Fine Art
photo: Christina Leitner

The Central Museum of Lodz, - Conference venue 1
photo by the museum

The Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz
venue of the first conference day
photo: Andreas Selzer

The Academy of Fine Arts, Conference Venue 2
photo: Christina Leitner

The Central Museum of Lodz - permanent exhibition
photo by the museum

Oceáno Cósmico (detail), part of the
ecture by María Dávila y Eduardo Portillo, VEN: Imagined Cosmos
photo by the artists

Bojagi art, parrt of the 
Lecture by Chunghie Lee, KOR: No-name Woman 
photo by the artist


The International Triennial of Tapestry (ITT)
part of the tours on the first conference day

Lecture by Manuel Medrano, US: Reflections on Structure in Andean Khipus
photo: Manuel Medrano



Lecture by Lala de Dios, ES: Woven Codes in Teresa Lanceta’s work
Detail of a weaving by Teresa Lanceta showing her version of the rhombus one of the most used patterns in Moroccan weavings.
©Enrique Moreno

The Lodz City Culture Park, part of the Central Museum of Textiles
part of the guided tours on the first conference day
photo by the museum

Lecture by Gérard Maizou and Kathrin Müller, DE: Happy Roses − Angry Peppers. The Language of Oya Lace
photo: © Gérard Maizou

The Central Museum of Textiles - permanent exhibition
photo by the museum

The Central Museum of Textiles - permanent exhibition
Christina Leitner