Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind

Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind

Join our new National Artist Advisory Council for five festive days of events, workshops & activities, March 8-12, 2017

What is the future for fiber art? How can Textile Center strengthen its role as a national center for fiber art? Textile Center and its new National Artist Advisory Council present “Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind,” a convening of fiber artists and enthusiasts in the Twin Cities. This series of events designed to spark conversation, inspiration, and learning will begin Wednesday, March 8, and run through Sunday, March 12, 2017.

This festive week will also mark the first time the members of Textile Center’s new National Artist Advisory Council – Carolyn Halliday, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Mary Giles, Pat Hickman, and Tracy Krumm – will come together in the Twin Cities. The programming in “Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind” is designed to give Textile Center patrons the opportunity to get to know these extraordinary artistic leaders, and to help inform the council’s work as advocates and advisors to Textile Center, especially related to advancing its exhibitions, education programs, fellowships and services to support working fiber artists.

Coming from out of town? Our official hotel sponsor, the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is just one block from Textile Center at 2812 University Ave SE, and is offering a preferred nightly rate of $129/night for Textile Center. This rate includes wifi, hot breakfast, nightly parking, and shuttle to and from Textile Center. To receive this rate, please call the hotel’s front desk directly at 612-259-8797. (Instructions from hotel: when calling, don’t press 1 for reservations. Allow your call to be transferred to front desk. Let the attendant know you are calling for the Textile Center rate.)

The Fiber Art Enthusiast package
($120 general / $110 for Textile Center members)

button_register-nowA great way for fiber artists and appreciators to come together, getting to know each other as well as the amazing artists who will help chart Textile Center’s artistic future. This package includes: a Fiber Art Excursion on Thursday, March 9; “The Future of Fiber Art” town hall conversation (with lunch included) on Friday, March 10; and the lecture by Dr. Mazloomi on Saturday evening, March 11.

The Fiber Art Immersion package
($550 general / $500 for Textile Center members)

button_register-nowDesigned for fiber artists, and including all activities and workshops, plus an exclusive opportunity to visit Mary Giles’ home and studio on the St. Croix river on Friday afternoon, March 10.

Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind
Events Line-Up ~ March 8 – 12, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Introduction to Using Metals in Textiles – Tracy Krumm
1 to 4 pm at Textile Center
$62 (10% off for Textile Center Members)
Fiber Art Immersion Package


Explore the application of metal to textile structures with Tracy Krumm (right). In this brief workshop, the use of wire in various metals and gauges will be introduced to textile processes like knitting, crochet and coiling. The class will involve fast-paced hands-on sampling and problem solving using metal alone or in combination with other fibers. Discussion about structure, material appropriateness and basic patina on metal will be covered. Students need to have an intermediate level of competence in any hand construction method and their own tools for producing these structures during class.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Twin Cities Fiber Art Excursion with National Artist Advisory Council
10 am to 3 pm (Bus departs from and returns to Textile Center)
$85 / $75 Textile Center Members
Fiber Art Immersion & Enthusiast Packages

CarolynHalliday.72Join National Artist Advisory Council members as they visit Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota History Center. Weisman Director Lyndel King will offer commentary on the “Dear Darwin” exhibit, which includes works by Carolyn Halliday (right). At the Minnesota History Center, Curator Linda McShannock (a Textile Center past board president) and colleagues will share highlights on how the Minnesota Historical Society is collecting and preserving our state’s fiber art heritage. Visit includes access to exhibits and lunch.


Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince – Exhibition Opening Reception in Joan Mondale Gallery
Juried/curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
6 to 8 pm at Textile Center

Free and Open to the Public

Friday, March 10, 2017

“The Future for Fiber Art” – a Town Hall Lunch Conversation with National Artist Advisory Council members moderated by Council Chair Carolyn Halliday.
12 noon to 1:30 pm at Textile Center
$15 admission / $10 Textile Center Members  (Add box lunch for $16)
Fiber Art Immersion & Enthusiast Packages (Lunch included with packages)

National Artist Advisory Council members will share their excitement about the future for fiber art, and will engage in a town hall-style conversation with Textile Center members and guests.


Studio Visit at Home of Mary Giles on the St. Croix River
4 to 6:30 pm
Available exclusively for those purchasing the Fiber Art Immersion Package

MaryGiles.72Join our National Artist Advisory Council members for a studio visit and early supper at Mary Giles and Jim Harris’ beautiful home and studio on the St. Croix river north of Stillwater. In addition to seeing a major new work Mary (left) is creating, we’re pleased to announce that fiber artists Tim Harding, Morgan Clifford and Jan Buckman will join us and present their work at the Giles/Harris home.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Building a Legacy: African American Quilt History, Lecture by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi with jazz performances by Dennis W. Spears & The Wolverines Jazz Trio
6 to 7:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm, music begins at 5:45 pm. Reception follows.)
$30 / $25 Textile Center & Minnesota Quilters Members

Co-presented by Minnesota Quilters at its new headquarters:
Recovery Church, 253 State Street South, in Saint Paul

Fiber Art Immersion & Enthusiast Packages

CarolynMazloomi.72No artistic form is more closely associated with African American culture than quilt making, representing skill, aesthetic beauty, and utilitarian need. For African Americans, the quilt became a covert expression of resistance within the context of storytelling. In the past few decades, traveling museum exhibitions have brought African American quilts to the public, stimulating broad interest and offering extraordinary opportunity for scholarly study. As a result, African American-made quilts are now celebrated and highly collectable. From improvisation to art quilts, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi (right) will discuss the historical and cultural significance of quilts made in the African American community.


Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017

“Openings: Netting and Looping” – Pat Hickman
9 to 4 pm Saturday & 9 to 5 pm Sunday at Textile Center
$375 (10% off for Textile Center Members)
Fiber Art Immersion Package

PatHickman.72This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork non-loom textile structure—knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually-based quick studies and studio exploration. The workshop will be an experience in discovery, questioning, and will provide ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.