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229 Minnetonka Ave S
Midwest Fiber Arts Trailsjennifer@fiberartalmanac.com 229 Minnetonka Ave S #229 Wayzata, MN 55391
21marAll Day20octChristien Meindertsma: Everything ConnectsWhat can you do with an entire harvest of flax or 1,000 wool sweaters?(All Day) The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603
What can you do with an entire harvest of flax or 1,000 wool sweaters? The possibilities are endless and entwined. Since graduating from the Eindhoven Design Academy, Christien Meindertsma has become
What can you do with an entire harvest of flax or 1,000 wool sweaters? The possibilities are endless and entwined.
Since graduating from the Eindhoven Design Academy, Christien Meindertsma has become known for her research-oriented work that explores the potential of raw materials and reveals processes that have become obsolete due to industrialization. Her prototypes, documentary videos, and finished objects highlight our relationship to the materials and products in the world around us and address concerns of environmental sustainability.
This exhibition showcases two of Meindertsma’s recent projects. For Flax Project (2012–present), she purchased a harvest of flax from a farmer in order to study methods of production from unprocessed material to final products. On display in this exhibition is each step involved in transforming raw flax into an entirely biodegradable chair, one that won Meindertsma the Dutch Design Award in 2016. The designer shifted her focus to a different production process for Fibre Market (2016–present), using fiber-sorting machines to scan and sort 1,000 wool sweaters based on their material content. The scanned results revealed frequent inaccuracies in the information provided on the sweaters’ labels, making evident the fact that common clothing is often made from a wider range of materials than indicated. After sorting, the sweaters were shredded and made into fibers that Meindertsma developed into a yarn and then a bespoke Donegal tweed. This recycled fabric can be used in many ways, including as an upholstery fabric for one of her biodegradable Flax Chairs—bringing Meindertsma’s design process full circle.
By exploring the often hidden lives of products within their social, political, and material contexts, Meindertsma invites us to reconsider the value of objects, especially the potential of undervalued resources such as flax and recycled wool. Her projects suggest that intelligent processes and design can play an important role in addressing the overconsumption of resources and prompting positive change.
Guided tour with artist: August 7, 2019 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. More info
Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects is the second exhibition in the Franke/Herro Design Series, which highlights the work of important design talent. This exhibition is made possible by Jay Franke and David Herro.
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March 21 (Thursday) - October 20 (Sunday)
28aprAll Day25janFashion Redefined: Miyake, Kawakubo, YamamotoJapanese designers challenged the principles of Western fashion.(All Day) Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-332
FASHION REDEFINED: MIYAKE, KAWAKUBO, YAMAMOTO In the 1980s Japanese designers challenged the principles of Western fashion by introducing clothing that draped and wrapped the body, concealing its contours and silhouette. Issey
FASHION REDEFINED: MIYAKE, KAWAKUBO, YAMAMOTO
In the 1980s Japanese designers challenged the principles of Western fashion by introducing clothing that draped and wrapped the body, concealing its contours and silhouette. Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and other avant-garde Japanese fashion designers rejected the idea that women’s clothing had to fit an idealized hourglass-shaped female body. Their innovative designs set new standards for shape and proportion and coined a contemporary definition of “universal beauty.”
Image courtesy of Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
April 28 (Sunday) - January 25 (Saturday)
Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleriesinfo@discovernewfields.org 4000 Michigan Road Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
19julAll Day12aprOhio Quilts at Kent State MuseumThis exhibition assembles quilts which reflect a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecework, crazy quilts, whitework, and embroidery.(All Day) Kent State University Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive
The opening reception for Ohio Quilts is Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Remarks at 6:00 p.m. The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection
The opening reception for Ohio Quilts is Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Remarks at 6:00 p.m.
The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection of the history of Ohio itself since the early nineteenth century. Just as early settlers boasted a variety of origins ranging from migrants from New England to Germans who arrived either directly from Europe or from earlier settlements in Pennsylvania, their quilt traditions reflected their diverse origins. Quilt making took off around the middle of the nineteenth century owing to improvements in textile and thread production which made materials accessible and increasingly affordable. Inventions such as the power loom then cylinder printing ultimately led to the production of large quantities of printed cottons. Changes in women’s fashion also favored a growth in the creation of decorative quilts. By the 1860s women’s clothing was increasingly shaped from pieces of cloth rather than utilizing the entire width of the fabric. This created fabric scraps which could be pieced into quilts. More affordable textiles mean that rather than completely wearing out clothing, new dresses could be purchased, thus freeing up the old clothes to be repurposed into quilts. The widespread adoption of sewing machines by the end of the century also made the creation of clothing less time consuming and freed up women’s time for making quilts.
With two layers of fabric and a layer of batting in between, quilts served a critical function of providing warmth. Quilts could be quite utilitarian with little decorative stitching or at the opposite extreme they could be highly ornamental, created out of lightweight silk with little batting. Difficult to clean with their delicate fabric and embroidery, crazy quilts represented a luxury that was widely embraced across the United States in the 1880s. They reflected their era not just in their embodiment of Victorian taste with an exuberant combination of colors and textures but in their very impracticality. At the other extreme Amish quilts reflected their makers’ adherence to strict rules and rejection of the whims of fashion.
One of the most extraordinary quilts in the KSU Museum’s collection is attributed to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Born a slave, Keckley learned dressmaking then bought freedom for herself and her son. She lived many years in Washington, DC where she worked for the wives of many prominent politicians including Mary Todd Lincoln. The quilt is pieced together from pieces of dress fabric which appear to be from the 1860s. Keckley lived in Ohio when she served on the faculty of Wilberforce University.
This exhibition assembles quilts which reflect a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecework, crazy quilts, whitework, and embroidery. These different styles represent evolving taste. The quilts also reflect changes in technology, women’s lives, and forms of expression.
The exhibit is located in the Higbee Gallery at Rockwell Hall on campus.
July 19 (Friday) - April 12 (Sunday)
Kent State University Museum
515 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University Museummuseum@kent.edu 515 Hilltop Drive Kent, OH 44242
Established in 1919, acclaimed German art school the Bauhaus was home to an innovative weaving workshop whose influence stretched
Established in 1919, acclaimed German art school the Bauhaus was home to an innovative weaving workshop whose influence stretched across the Atlantic.
Like the larger institution, the weaving workshop embraced the principal of equality among artists and the arts alike. Although the realities of the Bauhaus never quite matched its utopian vision, the workshop nonetheless served as an effective incubator of aesthetic and pedagogical talent. In the decades following the school’s forced closure in 1933, the Bauhaus went on to have a wide-reaching impact on American art—due in part to the large number of affiliated artists who immigrated to the US, where they continued to practice and teach in the spirit of the school’s educational system and theories.
Presented on the centenary of this foundational organization, Weaving beyond the Bauhaus traces the diffusion of Bauhaus artists, or Bauhäusler, such as Anni Albers and Marli Ehrman, and their reciprocal relationships with fellow artists and students across America. Through their ties to arts education institutions, including Black Mountain College, the Institute of Design, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Yale University, these artists shared their knowledge and experiences with contemporary and successive generations of artists, including Sheila Hicks, Else Regensteiner, Ethel Stein, Lenore Tawney, and Claire Zeisler, shaping the landscape of American art in the process.
Gallery Talk: Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus August 27, 2019 More info
August 3 (Saturday) - February 16 (Sunday)
Women Who Run with Scissors fiber arts group of Northeast Wisconsin will bring their unique style of textile artistry to the Neville Public Museum. The colorful and imaginative works by
Women Who Run with Scissors fiber arts group of Northeast Wisconsin will bring their unique style of textile artistry to the Neville Public Museum. The colorful and imaginative works by 14 artists represent some of the most innovative design techniques in the medium of fiber arts. This exhibition will be paired with sewing-related artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection.
(Jefferson, WI) - Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival A weekend 'To Dye For' with many coloring and dyeing workshops! Workshop registration
A weekend ‘To Dye For’ with many coloring and dyeing workshops! Workshop registration opens the second week of June!
Spend the weekend at the Midwest’s premier sheep and wool festival and celebrate the diversity of sheep, the fiber they produce and the renewable products that they provide. Three days filled with entertainment, shopping and education at one of Wisconsin’s finest fairgrounds, midway between Milwaukee and Madison, just south of I-94.Come for the sheep (over 600 sheep & 40 breeds); shopping (130+ vendors); education (70 classes over 4 days for all skill levels). Entertainment includes stock dog trials, Ma & Pa and their history, Walk and Knit and Sheep to Shawl competitions, auctions, lead class, Hall of Breeds, and other displays.
Admission is $8 per person, $15 for a weekend pass. Kids eight and under free. Parking free.
Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Association 5621 County Road F Janesville, WI 53545
(Cedarburg, WI) - Beginning Weaving - 2019 Dates 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Friday, May 17, 2019 - one space available Thursday June 20th, 2019 Wednesday July 17th 2019 Friday August
(Cedarburg, WI) – Beginning Weaving – 2019 Dates
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
- Friday, May 17, 2019 – one space available
- Thursday June 20th, 2019
- Wednesday July 17th 2019
- Friday August 23rd 2019
- Friday September 13th 2019
- Thursday October 17th 2019
- Friday November 15th 2019
- Thursday December 12th 2019
Beginning Class Description: Catherine will help you to complete a small mat in a color of your choice in one lesson. You will learn to read a pattern, make a warp, thread a loom, chose a weft, weave an article, and secure ends. You will take home your work, a copy of the pattern you used, and new knowledge of the ancient art of weaving.
Class fee is $120, which includes the kit fee. Class is limited to two participants. Looms, warping boards and shuttles will be provided. Kits include a needle, yarns for the warp and weft, additional patterns, note pad and weaving references to pursue. Bring scissors and your questions. Students should bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.
(Friday) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
20sep7:00 pm8:00 pmLecture: Playing With Purpose By Victoria Findlay WolfeLearn how Victoria Findlay Wolfe keeps her creative process inspired!7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road
(Cedarburg, WI) - Lecture: Playing With Purpose By Victoria Findlay Wolfe Includes an exciting PowerPoint presentation on 15 Minutes of Play with loads of quilts! I give an inspiring talk about
(Cedarburg, WI) – Lecture: Playing With Purpose By Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Includes an exciting PowerPoint presentation on 15 Minutes of Play with loads of quilts! I give an inspiring talk about my process and how to push your creativity. I share enough to get you all creatively inspired, then we send you home on the creative buzz! I will cover: play, process, double wedding rings, and all new work. The lecture constantly evolves.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monk’s Belt weave is a fun, graphic weave. Play with color and pattern while creating a beautiful cloth. You will learn about the structure of Monk’s Belt and use a
Monk’s Belt weave is a fun, graphic weave. Play with color and pattern while creating a beautiful cloth. You will learn about the structure of Monk’s Belt and use a variety of colors to weave striking patterns.
Saturday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Class fee $100/with Guild discount $90/Bring a friend $175
Jennie Hawkey, Hopewell Weaving, is the instructor.
Hopewell Weavinghopewellweaving@gmail.com 227 Illini Dr Hopewell, IL 61565
21sep(sep 21)9:30 am22(sep 22)4:00 pmCottage Tulip Quilt Workshop with Victoria Findlay WolfeMake a big, beautiful statement with vintage-inspired circular tulip blocks.9:30 am - 4:00 pm (22) Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W 5050 Portland Road
(Cedarburg, WI) -- Cottage Tulip With Victoria Findlay Wolfe Make a big, beautiful statement with vintage-inspired circular tulip blocks. Build a colorful, fat-quarter friendly quilt one block at a time! We
(Cedarburg, WI) — Cottage Tulip With Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Make a big, beautiful statement with vintage-inspired circular tulip blocks. Build a colorful, fat-quarter friendly quilt one block at a time! We will learn tips for successful block construction based on my acrylic template set. Master Y-seams and curved piecing; build confidence in and design all through PLAY! Kit fee: $42 for VFW Quilts’ Cottage Tulips Template set and instructions set (if you haven’t previously purchased it).
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City-based Award-winning quilter, designer and author of 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts; Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern; and Modern Quilt Magic: 5 Parlor Tricks to Expand Your Piecing Skills (C&T publishing). Her work has been exhibited, written about, and featured on Sewing with Nancy and many other TV and online shows. Her quilt Double Edged Love, won Best in Show at the first QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, 2013. Victoria has exhibited at the WMQFA, taught there multiple times, and serves on the museum’s Curatorial Advisory Board.
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, 2019 9:30 – 4:00 p.m.
21 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 22 (Sunday) 4:00 pm