Throughout human history, textiles have told stories, thread by thread. From striped overalls and national flags to heirloom quilts and modern rugs, each deliberate stitch or weave records the unique history of the maker and the person for whom the product is made. Similarly, each mend marks an adventure—an alteration to the story. This immersion celebrates the Metro’s vibrant textile community by exploring the narratives of both established artists and unknown stitchers.
The words text and textile come from intexere, to weave, and the day will begin with an illustrated presentation about how fiber artists use visual patterns—shapes, lines, and assemblage—to communicate as well as to create objects that invite observation, interpretation, and contemplation.
We’ll then travel by coach to the Minnesota Historical Society, where we’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the textile collection, including work that features intricate Native American beadwork and a famous thief’s coat. The curator also will discuss how these significant historical objects are collected and stored.
Next stop, a bustling education center that includes multiple classrooms, three galleries, a retail shop, and a natural-dye garden: the Textile Center is considered the preeminent center for fiber art in the country and while there, we’ll observe classes and learn how distinct cultures use fiber techniques to record economic, political, and social issues.
And finally, a visit to Minneapolis-based Custom Woven Interiors, Ltd. Founded in 1992 by University of Minnesota alumnus Kelly Marshall, the studio creates custom-designed, hand-woven textiles for residential and commercial settings.
Throughout the day, we will consider what the language of thread and cloth has to tell us about not only our past, but also our present.
Tuition includes transportation, meals, and refreshments. Itinerary subject to change.
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Anna Carlson, MFA, University of Minnesota is an artist and designer who merges current issues with cloth and apparel to examine, trace, and challenge the ways text and textiles are used to communicate. The designer of her own clothing collection from 1990-2006, Carlson has taught apparel and surface design for more than 20 years.
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