PRIDE

Virtual Exhibition

Welcome to PRIDE, the first exhibition in Textile Center’s history in tribute and support of nationally known textile artists in the LGBTQ+ community. It is an honor to present an exhibition celebrating the spirit of leadership in the arts that Textile Center has embraced since our inception. On the heels of Pride month 2020, we celebrate the reopening of Textile Center with this showcase of the exceptional work of these nine artists and their contributions to contemporary fiber art.

Our heartfelt thanks for their patience and persistence with bringing this exhibition to life during a worldwide pandemic and one of the most trying times of unrest in our own community.

Featured Photos: Detail from Wrestling Girls, Rebeca Levi; Detail from Untitled, Kelly Dzioba, Detail from Love Letter to Queer Descendants, Michael Sylvan Robinson, Detail from 50 States, Erika Diamond, Detail from #shredded, Trey Gehring

Bren Ahearn, Palm Springs, CA
Erika Diamond, Charlotte, NC
Kelly Dzoiba, Philadelphia, PA
Trey Gehring, Cleveland, OH
Kira Keck, Powell, OH

Rebecca Levi, Brooklyn, NY
Aubrey Longley-Cook, Los Angeles, CA
Gregory Wilkins, Mankato, MN
Michael Sylvan Robinson, Brooklyn, NY

Special thanks to our sponsors for their support of the exhibition:

View a recording of the Art Speaks Zoom discussion with some of the artists here:

Installation Images • Joan Mondale Gallery, Textile Center

Individual Artists

Sampler #9, 2011
Bren Ahearn
88″ x 60″
Cotton
Cross stitch embroidery

Unicorn Tapestries (Bi Accessories), 2016
Erika Diamond
Installation, 2″ x 2″ x 12″,  1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 9″, and 1″ x 1″ x 6″
Acrylic yarn, linen warp
Handwoven tapestry

Divide/Collide, 2019
Erika Diamond
23″ x 12″
Acrylic yarn, linen warp
Handwoven tapestry

Fifty States, 2017
Erika Diamond
24″ x 32″
Alpaca wool, linen warp
Handwoven tapestry

Untitled, 2017
Kelly Dzioba
18″ x 18″ x 1″
Party beads
Weaving

Blush, 2018
Kelly Dzioba
24″ x 25″ x 4″
Party beads
Weaving

#shredded, 2017
Trey D. Gehring
27″ x 27″
Mercerized Cotton
Digital knitting on Stoll ADF industrial knitting machine

#gratidao, 2017
Trey D. Gehring
23″ x 23″
Cotton, cotton chenille, synthetic materials
Jacquard weaving on TC-1 Digital Loom, using hand inlay techniques

Played/Plied/Plaid, 2018
Kira Keck
32″ x 44″
Cotton
Weaving

Proposal for a Lesbian Pride Flag, 2019
Kira Keck
45″ x 56″
Cotton, Sewing thread
Weaving, sewing

Wrestling Girls, 2014
Rebecca Levi
20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″
Silk wrapped paper thread, cotton floss, linen, cotton fabric
Hand embroidery, machine patchwork

Wrestling Girls (Hair Pull), 2014
Rebecca Levi
20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″
Silk wrapped paper thread, cotton floss, linen, cotton fabric
Hand embroidery, machine patchwork

Bad Romance (It’s All About the Waitress), 2014
Rebecca Levi
16 1/2″ x 20 1/2″
Cotton floss, cotton fabric
Hand embroidery

Biqtch Puddin, 2018
Aubrey Longley-Cook
7″ x 6 1/2″ (without frame)
Cotton thread on aida cloth
Cross stitching

Hydrangea Heath, 2018
Aubrey Longley-Cook
7″ x 6 1/2″ (without frame)
Cotton thread on aida cloth
Cross stitching

Dax ExclamationPoint, 2018
Aubrey Longley-Cook
7″ x 6 1/2″ (without frame)
Cotton thread on aida cloth
Cross stitching

Love Letter to Queer Descendants, 2020
Michael Sylvan Robinson
28″ x 32″ x 2″
Sculptural garment textile collage, eco-canvas, thread, beads, sequins, paint
Machine and hand-stitching, embroidery, beading, stenciling

Rooted in the Present / Heal the Past / Become the Future, 2019
Michael Sylvan Robinson
20″ x 24″ x 2″
Sculptural garment textile collage, eco-canvas, thread, beads, sequins, paint
Machine and hand-stitching, embroidery, beading, stenciling

Melancholy Moonlight, 2019
Michael Sylvan Robinson
18″ x 15″ x 2″
Sculptural garment textile collage, eco-canvas, thread, beads, sequins, paint
Machine and hand-stitching, embroidery, beading, stenciling

Remedies for Weariness, 2019
Michael Sylvan Robinson
18″ x 15″ x 2″
Sculptural garment textile collage, eco-canvas, thread, beads, sequins, paint
Machine and hand-stitching, embroidery, beading, stenciling

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Young Woman with Hijab, 2017
Gregory T. Wilkins
24″ x 24″
Photography, ink, acrylic, sewing thread, embroidery thread on paper
Photographing, sewing, painting

Varanasi, India: Young Woman with Earring, 2017
Gregory T. Wilkins
20″ x 16″
Photography, acrylic, ink, graphite, sewing thread, embroidery thread, yarn, collage on canvas
Photographing, sewing, painting, cutting

Color of Water: Valparaiso, Chile, 2018
Gregory T. Wilkins
14″ x 11″
Acrylic, oil enamel, ink, graphite, sewing thread, embroidery thread, glass beads on paper
Painting, stitching, beading