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November 2017

Fringe Elements

November 1, 2017 - July 1, 2018
Kent State University Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242 United States
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(Kent, OH) -- Fringe Elements From leather strips to silken tassels, fringe takes an array of different forms. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving. When threads of the warp extend beyond the last weft threads they create a fringe. While originally an integral part of the textile, most fringe is now applied separately to the garment. The beauty of fringe often derives from its motion. The…

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Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China

November 4, 2017 - July 1, 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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(Minneapolis, MN) -- Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China One of the largest ethnic minorities in China, most Miao people live in the southern provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, and Yunnan. Like many cultures throughout Asia, Miao peoples employ textiles, clothing, and accessories to express their identity. For the Miao, elaborate festival costumes and silver adornments are the most important forms of visual art, and their embroidery and indigo-dyeing techniques are renowned. Clothing indicates the wearer’s age and marital status and marks…

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March 2018

Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince

March 15 - June 17
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Rd
Cedarburg, WI 53012
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(Cedarburg, WI) -- Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textile Tribute to Prince This special exhibition celebrates the life and art of Prince through vibrant and exciting fiber art.  "These quilts are pulsating, vibrating, and alive with Prince's music," says Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, one of the nation's experts in African American quilting and juror for this exhibit. Quilt: In Honor of Prince by Betsy Shannon

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Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear

March 23 - September 15
Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
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(Minneapolis, MN) -- Hennepin History Museum: From Underwear to Outerwear Record-breaking winter temps don't frighten Hennepin County residents - we're used to it. Ever since George Munsing took the itch out of long underwear, we know how to bundle up in style. Join us for this sweeping exhibition showcasing the depth and breadth of wearable items from the Museum's collections. See elaborate society gowns, early ready-to-wear from county seamstresses and department stores, uniforms and workwear, historic lingerie, and outerwear that ranges…

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April 2018

Stitching Histories: From the Holocaust

April 8 - September 16
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
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(Milwaukee,  WI) -- Stitching Histories: From the Holocaust After traveling to venues across the country, this highly acclaimed original exhibit returns to Jewish Museum Milwaukee. With this reinstallation, JMM is expanding the discussion around immigration and cross-continental communication, including two new stories of families attempting to flee the Holocaust. At its core, Stitching Histories From the Holocaust tells the story of Hedwig Strnad and her husband Paul through the letters to their Milwaukee cousin and the dress designs they sent in the hopes…

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Playing with Purpose: Victoria Finlay Wolfe Retrospective

April 17 - July 29
Iowa Quilt Museum, 68 E Court Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273 United States
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(Winterset, IA) -- Playing with Purpose: Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective Opening Reception is April 21st, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. $10 per ticket.  

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Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century

April 29 - June 17
Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, 45701
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(Athens, OH) -- Modern Quilts – Designs of the New Century Modern quilts mean different things to different people. Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They break the rules. They make a statement. No matter the design aesthetic, modern quilts are creative expressions made with needle and thread, fabric, and time. Experience the power of modern quilts firsthand in this exhibit of innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best modern…

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May 2018

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

May 12 - September 17
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Point SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence This exhibition showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six featured artists call their “paintings in beads” ndwangos. The Ubuhle women work on a black background fabric, and by stretching this textile like a canvas, they transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty,” and it…

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Historic Indian Agency House: New Monthly Quilt Exhibits

May 15 - October 31
Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road
Portage, Wisconsin 53901
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(Portage, WI) -- Historic Indian Agency House:  New Monthly Quilt Exhibits Each month from May through October, HIAH will feature a new quilt exhibit in its Museum. Quilting clubs, guilds, and other groups encouraged to visit. More details will be available as we get closer to event, please watch our Facebook page.  

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Heidi Parkes Exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts

May 17 - July 14
Blue Bar Quilts, 6333 University Ave
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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(Madison, WI) -- Heidi Parkes Exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts In my work, I create a scaffolding of fabric, piecing, and quilting that allows me to reference many ideas on a single plane. The raw materials are textiles from domestic culture, fashion, family heirlooms, and scavenged prints. I integrate them with fabrics that I have embroidered, stained, dyed, or designed. These materials are pieced together to create the main imagery of the quilt, like a collage. This cloth is then beset…

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Van Gogh Cherywood Challenge – Fiber Art Exhibit

May 29 - June 9
The Crossing Arts Alliance, 711 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
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(Brainerd, MN) -- Van Gogh Cherywood Challenge - Fiber Art Exhibit Imagine...200 blue quilts. All made by different people. All 20 inches Square. All starting with the same color. All using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric. All taking inspiration from Vincent van Gogh. All kinds of textile manipulation and embellishment used. This is a rare opportunity to see so many works of fiber art in one gallery. The visual impact is indescribable. Cherrywood Fabrics, owned by Karla Overland, has hosted challenges for…

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Exhibit at Cultural Cloth: Vintage Ralli Quilts from India

May 31 - July 1
Cultural Cloth, W3560 State Road 35
Maiden Rock, WI 54750
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(Maiden Rock, WI) -- Exhibit at Cultural Cloth: Vintage Ralli Quilts from India Ralli quilts are characterized by bold geometric patterns that utilize the pieced and appliqué quilting techniques. These hand sewn quilts are found in the Kutch (far western Gujarat, India) and Pakistan. We collected these pieces during a trip to the region in 2017. All quilts are affixed with tabs and ready to display on the wall. All pieces will be available for sale. Check our website in mid-May.…

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June 2018

Dubuque Museum of Art Craft Inviational

June 2 - September 9
Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St
Dubuque, IA United States
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(Dubuque, IA) - Handmade Craft Invitational Handmade Craft Invitational Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Premier Bank, McGraw Hill, and Humanities Iowa. Featuring functional objects in wood, ceramic, glass, leather, metal, and fiber arts. MFAT Cedarburg Spur Artist Laura Weber will have two of her handmade baskets included in the DUMA Craft Invitational. Weber's work is varied, ranging from strictly functional to sculptural. "Wonky " is a small lidded piece with colorful, playful embellishments. "Letting Go" is organic…

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WMQFA Presents: 13th Quilt Nihon

June 21 - September 23
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Rd
Cedarburg, WI 53012
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(Cedarburg, WI) -- WMQFA Presents: 13th Quilt Nihon This traveling international exhibit features highlights from the acclaimed 2015 international quilt competition.  This biennial exhibition is the largest international quilting contest in Japan and one of the most prestigious in the world. It is sponsored by the JHIA, a group promoting handcrafted arts in Japan for over 40 years. Winning quilts from their traveling exhibit were first presented at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and is broken down into two categories,…

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July 2018

Woolgatherer: Fiber Art Exhibit by Lisa Jordan

July 13 - August 4
The Crossing Arts Alliance, 711 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
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(Brainerd, MN) -- Woolgatherer: Fiber Art Exhibit by Lisa Jordan Opening Reception - July 13, 5-7pm Food and refreshments will be served 'Woolgathering' : idle or absent-minded indulgence in fantasy; daydreaming. The artist’s first exhibition at the gallery features a series of organic forms and renderings of natural scenes made of wool and other fibers. Drawing from her deep love of nature, especially the odd and overlooked details, Jordan creates pieces that seem at once fantastic and yet familiar. She asks…

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Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

July 27 - October 28
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, 55407
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(Minneapolis, MN) -- Gudrun Sjödén  — A Colourful Universe Gudrun Sjödén, considered the godmother of Swedish fashion, is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This American Swedish Institute collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs. ASI's 2018 exploration of The Handmade focuses on master makers, the work they create and the global movements they have inspired, opening…

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September 2018

Art to Wear 2 at The Crossing Arts Alliance

September 7 - September 29
The Crossing Arts Alliance, 711 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
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(Brainerd, MN) -- Art to Wear 2 at The Crossing Arts Alliance A showcase of wearable art made by area artists using a variety of approaches. This show prioritizes creativity over practicality and highlights pieces made from traditional and non-traditional materials. On display in The Crossing Arts Gallery Sept 7 - Sept 29. Free and open to the public. This will be the exhibit in our gallery during the Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Tour.

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Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art

September 19 - October 27
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, 24 N Main Avenue
New York Mills, MN 56567 United States
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(New York Mills, MN) -- Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art Gallery Reception on Saturday, Sept 22 5-7pm Live Music Light Refreshments Cash Bar FREE | Open to All This show features regional fibre artists on the cutting edge of the fibre art world. Many artists explore the boundaries of fibre art and how issues such as motherhood, gender, domesticity, creation, queer issues, (and more) intersect art and life. Also featuring the debut exhibition of an original 1800s antique…

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Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Fiber Arts in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Rd
Cedarburg, WI 53012
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(Cedarburg, WI) -- Fiber Arts in the Digital Age Living in the digital age means living in a time where we are increasingly able to do what was previously considered unimaginable. This era has touched every aspect of life and fiber art has been no exception.  To artists designing their work via software to the benefits of digitally printing textiles this exhibit explores various fiber art pieces that only exist due to the age we live in.

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