Today's post was written by FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones. As you'll find out in this post, Kevin frequently works outside the walls of the FIDM Museum. Traveling, whether to install exhibitions, attend conferences, or conduct research, is an important part of his job. Read on to learn more about Kevin's recent experiences attending "Weaving Royal Traditions Through Time," a conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Thanks to Kevin for documenting and sharing his journey!
October and November 2013 were very busy months for the FIDM Museum staff. Associate Curator Christina Johnson, former Collections Manager Danielle Killam, and I lived and worked in Bendigo, Australia, for three and a half weeks installing the Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA exhibition. Immediately following our adventures Down Under, I had another exciting trip to Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the “Weaving Royal Traditions Through Time: Textiles and Dress at the Thai Court and Beyond” conference organized by colleagues Julia Brennan, Dale Gluckman, and Melissa Leventon. My route there was not a hop-skip-and-jump! Though it might have seemed judicious for me to fly directly from Australia, it was actually $3,000 cheaper to fly fifteen hours back to Los Angeles and, in less than twelve hours, fly back to the other side of the world again. Happily, I was also leading a tour to Thailand for members of the FIDM Museum Fashion Council, so for all of us to travel together was too much fun to pass up!