August 26 – September 6, 2018 • Minnesota State Fairgrounds • Selections from A Common Thread 2018

It’s always a pleasure to install Textile Center’s display in the Creative Arts Building at the State Fair — a terrific collection of work that showcases the incredible skill, talent, and creativity of our members.

After this essential textile stop, be sure to visit the Fine Arts Exhibit, where the presence of textiles and fiber art grow stronger year after year. The far reaches of textile materials and practices ever more apparent in the context of fine arts this year, so keep your eyes out for form and surfaces that embrace textiles — from stitching on photographs, paper and fabric, to crochet with recycled materials, to paintings made of textile scraps, to yarn wrapped sculptures, beadwork, wearables, twigs and sticks, and woven paper in painting and basket form. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt, except the treasure is all around us these days.

Congrats goes out to Ray Dog Wears the Cone of Shame by Nancy E. Condon, winner of the Textile Center award for Excellence and Innovation in the Fine Arts Building.

And don’t forget to stop by the Fine Arts Building on August 28, from 9 am – 8:30 pm, when member Carolyn Halliday will be participating in the Studio: HERE program.

Textile Center’s Creative Activities building exhibit features work selected from our 2018 A Common Thread members show. Pictured is the work of artists (above, from left):

  • Ella Ramsey
  • Sandra Brick
  • Lee Bradford
  • Marjorie Fedyszyn
  • Wendie Zekowski
  • Heather Tinkham
  • Doroth Mayer
  • Rose Allen


Crochet Twin Cities, Dan Patchwork

Among the many of Textile Center’s member affiliated guilds who are demonstrating in the Creative Activities Building:

  • American Sewing Guild
  • Crochet Twin Cities
  • Ladyslipper NeedleArts Society
  • Midwest Machine Knitter Collaborative
  • Minnesota Knitters Guild
  • Minnesota Lace Society
  • Minnesota Quilters
  • Needleworkers’ Guild of Minnesota
  • Polymer Clay Guild
  • St. Paul Needleworkers
  • Upper Midwest Bead Society
  • Weavers Guild of Minnesota