20 for 20 Celebrating Textile Center's 20th Birthday


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20 for 20

Celebrating Textile Center's 20th Birthday

An Exhibition of 20 Remarkable Fiber Artists

August 28 through October 25, 2014 ● Joan Mondale Gallery


Opening Reception: Thursday August 28

5:30 pm ● Gather at the Community Dye Garden on 4th & 29th St.

6:00 pm ● Opening Reception at Textile Center


20 for 20 brings together 20 artists to celebrate 20 years of connections, conversations, and collaborations. Reaching across fiber art disciplines and beyond geographic boundaries, Textile Center's community includes students, teachers, emerging and master artists in fields ranging from basketmaking to art cloth. Each artist featured in this exhibition has intersected with Textile Center and our community at some point over the past 20 years. Their pieces express their own celebration of fiber art and Textile Center's 20th birthday.

These 20 artists represent the broad range of artists, jurors, instructors, and others who, over the past 20 years, have brought Textile Center's mission to life. They have innovated and elevated a vast variety of fiber art forms and techniques.


Susan Antell (MN) is one of Textile Center's most popular instructors, a master dyer, a member of several Member Organizations, and a longtime Library volunteer.

Julie Branch (NY) is an art doll maker whose piece in the Textile Center exhibition Figuratively Fiber won the People's Choice award.

Jane Dunnewold (TX) designs art cloth, was on the advisory board at the time of Textile Center's founding, and is the past president of the Surface Design Association.


In the Garden

Jane Dunnewold
Photocopy transfers on silk habotai, thread, wool roving, colored pencil. Digital print from original photo of a Blue Spruce.
Digital printing, hand applied & placed solvent transfers, embroidery, needle felting, screen printing, hand coloring.

Catharine Ellis (NC) is a natural dyer and weaver and taught a featured workshop at the Shibori Symposium (2009).

Sandra Ericson (CA) is the director of the Center for Pattern Design, has taught a number of workshops on draping at Textile Center, and was a featured artist at the Artwear Symposium (2010).

Robbin Firth (MN) is a talented felt maker and innovator in the felt making field, a popular instructor and Shop artist, and has worked with our youth programs.

Mega Ruffle Shawl

Robbin Firth
Merino Wool
Palm Washboard felting, hand fulling & finishing

Joshua Homic (NY) is a summer camp alum, won Textile Center's Project Beltway Fashion Show, and is now an award winning student designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 Uosis Juodvaliks & Jacquelyn Rice (AZ) are pioneers in the field of digital printing on fabric. They were the keynote speakers at the Artwear Symposium and have been featured at Textile Center's Artwear in Motion Runway show.

Donna Kallner (WI) is a basket maker and master in the ancient art of looping. Donna is a popular visiting artist to Textile Center and has been a juror for the Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants program.

Ed Bing Lee (PA) creates macramé food sculptures that are famous in the field. He was invited to show his work in the Textile Center exhibition, Freedom: the Fiber of our Nation.

Rebecca McEntee (MO), is a basket maker who was the featured artist on the postcard for the Web & Flow exhibition, a partnership with the National Basketry Organization. Her fiber jewelry is popular in the Textile Center Shop.



Rebecca McEntee
Cotton, fiber rush (twisted paper), finished shag bark hickory branches
Coiled basketry technique coupled with hand knotting

Kelly Marshall (MN) is a weaver and is one of the founders of Textile Center's Mentor Program. She has been a teacher, board member and active volunteer.

Jean Matzke (MN) was an accomplished hand-embroiderer, teacher and mentor, who passed away suddenly in 2009. (Piece on loan from Carol Olig.)

Barbara Setsu Pickett (OR) makes sculptural shibori work that was featured in Shibori Cut Loose.

Ingrid Restemayer (MN) makes work that combines handmade paper, printmaking and hand embroidery. Ingrid was one of the first recipients of the Jerome Fiber Artist Project grants, and her work will be featured in Textile Center's forthcoming exhibition Perpetual Detail in the Hennepin Gallery.

Karen Searle (MN) makes sculptural objects from knitting and lacemaking techniques. She was on the Board of Directors when Textile Center purchased the building, has been a mentor for the Mentor Program, and an active volunteer.

Adrienne Sloane (MA) is a sculptural knitter. She was the juror and visiting artist for Metaphoric Fibers: Untamed Knitting & Crochet.

Jo Stealey (MO) specializes in 3-D sculptural pieces made from unusual and recycled materials. She was the juror and featured artist for Nothing New: Fiber Art from Recycled Materials.

Jo Wood's (MN) bead embroidered pieces traveled with Textile Center's exhibition Land By Hand around the state via a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also teaches bead embroidery techniques and has had work on display in the Shop.

Rebecca Yaker (MN) is a machine knitter, the co-author of the popular One Yard Wonders book series, and has been active in several Textile Center Member Organizations.



After the Glaciers: Geoscience Embroideries 

by Bonnie Peterson 

A national center for fiber art, Textile Center's mission is to honor textile traditions and promote excellence and innovation in fiber art. It is home to four fiber art gallery spaces, the largest circulating textile library in the country, an artisan shop, classes serving ages 6 to 106, a natural dye garden, and the region's only accessible professionally-equipped dye lab. Admission is always free and open to the public.



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Friday - Saturday 12 − 5 pm

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