june, 2019

14jun(jun 14)9:00 pm15(jun 15)2:00 amCommunities in the Cloth at Northern SparkResilience, Renewal & Regeneration, WGM presents Communities in Cloth9:00 pm - 2:00 am (15) The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S


Event Details

How many memories were lived while wearing your favorite shirt? How many hands participated in the making of that shirt?

The wear and tear on a favorite shirt is an accumulated history. But in a country where most of our textiles are produced on another continent, it’s easy to take even our favorite shirt for granted.

Textiles, especially clothing, act as insulation, protection, and self-expression. In Communities in the Cloth, participants are invited to reconsider their relationship with textiles through a series of open-ended prompts, conversations, and activities designed to engage both individuals and groups. We’ll begin with an homage to our favorite shirt before participating in the material preparation and production necessary to transform strips of cloth – with their individual material histories – into a rug that signifies community and our lived histories.

This program is part of a year-long program series, Fiber to the People, which is funded in part by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and explores historical and sustainable textile production methods through classes, field trips, and partner events.

Maddy Bartsch is an artist, educator, and organizer of decentralized textile economies based in Minneapolis. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed, and is President of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. This project is supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Our year-long exploration of historical and sustainable textile production continues with a program as part of the annual late-night art festival, Northern Spark. Within this year’s festival theme of Resilience, Renewal & Regeneration, WGM presents Communities in Cloth, a series of open-ended prompts, conversations, and activities that invite participants to consider their relationship to textiles.

WGM will be sited at The Commons, a public space in downtown Minneapolis. Festival activities will also be taking place in the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul and along the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. FREE Metro Transit passes will be available on the festival website starting June 1.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. More programs can be found on our website.  To make this event a success, we need your help! We’re recruiting volunteers to help set-up and guide festival-goers in a low-key, reflective art-making activity.


14 (Friday) 9:00 pm - 15 (Saturday) 2:00 am


The Commons

425 Portland Ave S


Weavers Guild of Minnesotainfo@weaversguildmn.org 3000 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

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