(Minneapolis, MN – April 19, 2018) – Textile Center is pleased to announce The Summer of Stitch, Stitch, Stitch! from June 4 through August 18. This series celebrates this essential and fundamental practice in textile and fiber art practice.
Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and decoration, the stitch has long been an essential and fundamental element of textile and fiber arts and practice. Three artists, each with extensive experience in using the stitch in the act of art making, come together at Textile Center this summer to share their work through three unique exhibitions and special guest teaching artist workshops to share their talents with you.
Susan Brandeis, Lost Language, Joan Mondale Gallery
Brandeis presents an exhibition of work inspired by travel and the natural world, interpreted through digital printmaking, manipulation, and stitching on fabric. Inspiration from mark making, ranging from the petroglyphs of the American Southwest to the Celtic Script of Ogham in Wales, to Germanic runes and Egyptian hieroglyphics, informs work that involves texts that become imperfect through erasure, layering, and reuse of materials through expressive mark making using needle and thread.
In her exhibition statement, Brandeis writes: “The idea of ‘unreadable’ text provides the conundrum at the heart of this body of work,” where despite millennia trying to develop more precise means of communication, “human beings still create a great deal of miscommunication with each other.”
Tom Lundberg, Life Lines, Studio Gallery
In Lundberg's work, the stitch, a practice handed down through time, carries memory and embodies the subject of time itself. His works contain fragments of memory and moments of everyday life, with references to mending, comfort, and persistence. His small works, made with fabric scraps, some recognized as duffs, or in the form of a badge or patches, are covered with masses of small stitches. They blend color and texture in exquisite compositions that reflect dreamlike moments and often serve to unite the disparate that is part of a dreamlike world.
Susan Moss, Improvisation: Restraint, Community Gallery
Moss's hand stitched drawings emerge from her desire to draw with thread in locating a drawing aesthetic in textile work to capture a sense of immediacy and improvisation. Images filled with domestic references, shadow, transparency, and light are captured in a seemingly accidental way, through an expertise that comes with uniting material and process to support idea. Her focus on a lack of perfection serves as perfection itself, as she masters a marriage of purpose and spontaneity to capture a moment in time.
Stitching as Drawing
June 4 – 8, 9 am – 4 pm
SOLD OUT- Call to get on the wait list.
Threading the Needle:
Color, Texture, & Embroidery
July 30 – 31, 9 am – 4 pm
The Eye and The Needle: Stitching & Creative Expression
August 1 – 3, 9am – 4pm
The Sketchbook Habit
August 17 – 19, 9 am – 4 pm
Needlework Guild of MN
Through June 30
St. Paul Needleworkers
July 1 – September 1
Interlace: Rug Hooking
May 31 – June 16
June 20 – July 7
Sketchbooks: Stitch, Stitch, Stitch!
July 9 – September 1
TEXTILE CENTER – A NATIONAL CENTER FOR FIBER ART
Textile Center is unique as America's national center for fiber art, with a mission to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber arts. The Center’s resources include exceptional fiber art exhibitions, an artisan shop, a professional-grade dye lab, a natural dye plant garden, and one of the nation's largest circulating textile libraries open to the public. Textile Center produces more than 200 classes a year for all ages and skill levels and the Youth Fiber Art Guild. A dynamic hub of fiber activity for 24 years, Textile Center brings people together in community to learn, create, share, and be inspired by fiber art. For more information, visit: http://textilecentermn.org.
Jenny Jones, Director of Communications & Annual Giving
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