Dennis Raymond was the chief information architect, graphic
designer, and project manager of threadsoflife.com. He has a background in
marketing, software development and strategic planning, and works as a
business analyst in the US. Dennis lives in Seattle, Washington but travels
to Indonesia at every opportunity. "I keep coming back to Bali," says
Dennis. "People ask me why I always return here, and I tell them 'You can't
help who you fall in love with.'" Dennis collects Indonesian textiles from
throughout the archipelago.
Ian Pollock researched and wrote the content for this website.
Ian graduated from Pomona College in 2006 with a degree in Asian history. He
worked at art museums and cultural institutions in New York, studied acting
and directing for the stage, and played drums for rock band Adult Situations
before moving to Bali in 2008.
Anthony B. (Tony) Cunningham, born in southern Africa, is an ethnoecologist
working at the interface between local livelihoods, natural resource-based
enterprises and conservation.
He is author of Applied Ethnobotany and African Basketry:
Grassroots art from Southern Africa. Tony is on staff at Charles Darwin
University, Australia, and is director of People and Plants International, a
non-profit knowledge network. Tony has consulted with Threads of Life since
2005, and took many of the photographs used in this website. For information
about his photo artwork contact:
Abraham Armada designed graphics for major Jakarta advertising agencies
until he tired of the fast lane, and decided to raise his family in Bali.
Today, Bram is a freelance graphic artist and video editor. He shoots and
edits Threads of Life film projects, and looks after our Macintosh
Esme Hendrick-Wong has studied natural dyes in Canada, India, Bangladesh,
Southeast Asia, Japan, China, Mongolia, and Taiwan, and has given talks and
led workshops on natural dye techniques in Singapore, Canada, Indonesia,
Thailand, and the Philippines. She has extensive experience quantifying
traditional dye recipes and adapting them for commercial use. Esme has
shared her research with our staff, and joined us in the field for natural
dye training. Some of Esme's own textiles are available in the Threads of
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Lindy Clarke developed the graphic concepts for the content and layout of
After working for a decade in advertising and graphic design in Morocco,
Algeria, and her native South Africa, Lindy began to travel in Asia.
She spent much of 2007 with Threads of Life as a volunteer.
Diccon and Lesley Pullen
Diccon and Lesley introduced Threads of Life to the UK in 2008 with a series
of talks and events in and around London, and informally represent Threads
of Life in the UK.
The Pullens lived in Asia for thirty years, and continue to travel and
collect portable art in Asia, especially Indonesian textiles. Lesley
completed her Masters in Art and Archaeology in 2008 at The School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Diccon is active in the
voluntary sector in London, including being HonTreasurer of the Royal
Asiatic Society and Lesley commenced her MPhil/PhD in 2010 whilst continuing
to teach and lecture on Asian material cultures.
Sara Goodman is a textile artist who has represented Threads of Life in the
In 2008, she organized a group tour of Bali and Flores in cooperation with
Threads of Life. Sara runs a studio and school, House of Dreams, in Lyme,
New Hampshire. Her work can be seen at Julie's Artisans Gallery in New York
and The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Stores.
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Ruth Hadlow is an endless source of information on Timorese textiles and
weaving techniques. She is a well-known Australian installation and textile
artist in her own right, and teaches at universities across Australia. Ruth
is currently working towards a doctorate in Art.
She lives in Kupang, Timor, with her Timorese husband (Threads of Life
staff member Wilhelmus Daos Kedati) and their three children.
Terri Nakamura donated the design for the Threads of Life logo. Terri has
owned and operated the independent Nakamura Graphic Design Company in
Seattle, Washington since 1976. She has received more than thirty awards for
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Andre Iluk first introduced Jean Howe and William Ingram to the textile arts
of eastern Indonesia, and inspired them to help found Threads of Life. Andre
leads small, culturally sensitive tours to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and
Bhutan. Learn more at