Penn GSE CMSI

Eryn Talevich

Eryn Talevich will be entering her senior year in the Fall of 2017. A transfer student from Ventura College, her enrollment as an Anthropology major/Queer studies minor at California State University Northridge has revolutionized her trajectory toward teaching, particularly with her acceptance into the HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program.

Her educational background has been unusual, stemming from the liberal unschooling choices she and her family chose in her formative years. She began to school outside of traditional systems in second grade, allowing her the opportunity to explore varying types of learning. Textiles were central to both her creative and intellectual passions, and have since been the central motif of her interests.

 Learning to sew, spin, dye and weave lead to further apprenticeships, employment, internships and teaching opportunities across the United States. Her employment teaching handwork in Waldorf education, Arts education at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and involvement lecturing about textile culture have bred an interest in engaging the public with textiles and their positionality in identity and society. As she has learned from textiles by the hands of her mentors, she feels compelled to continue the traditions in fresh ways.

 Her graduate work will be centered in the discipline of Folklore, with an emphasis in textiles and identity. Specifically, she would like to employ ethnographic methodologies to explore the juncture between textiles and identity as it pertains to the culture of clothing. By looking to folk, festival, and national dress as a means to explore the intersectionality of the individual in a globalized context, she aspires to examine these ‘traditional’ forms of representation as contemporary assemblages of global and personal identity. Gender and performance are of her particular interest.

 Additionally, her background as a craftsperson produces an interest in the processes and materials of making, providing a foundation to follow the rituals embedded in making the clothing itself. Looking to the perpetuation, innovation and cultivation of ‘cultural’ dress, she hopes to discover more about what it means to represent one’s individual identity within a group of belonging.