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Fascination with Fiber

March 1, 2004 - December 30, 2004
Main and Heritage Galleries

Image of The Blue Pots (c. 1949-1955), organized in 1946, are the original founders of the Yarnwinders Guild of Marquette, Michigan.Three companion exhibits celebrate handweaving in Michigan.

A historic section includes handwovens, objects, and images from early statehood years to the present, with a focus on the emergence of weaving guilds, the Michigan League of Handweavers, and individuals, and fiber centers in Michigan. Also illustrated are various social, economic, and political impacts on the craft.

A fiber exhibit, juried by renowned author Sigrid Weltge, features works by some of Michigan's finest contemporary fiber artists.

"The Weaver's Studio" is an interactive space for demonstrating weaving and spinning; a "community loom" lets visitors try their hand at weaving a community project.

Image of Coverlet woven by Michigan resident Arbam VanDoren in Hillsdale County, Michigan, in 1844. MSU Museum #6595.1

Opening Reception & Lecture

Sigrid Weltge, author, "Bauhaus Textiles: Women Artists and the Weaving Workshop"
Saturday, April 24, 2004, 1-4 p.m., MSU Museum

Textiles of Yesterday and Today

Textiles of Yesterday and Today is a special program offered by Michigan State University Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Fascination with Fiber, on view at MSU Museum through Dec. 30, 2004.

Textiles of Yesterday and Today will take place on May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a boxed lunch from 12:00 - 1:00. The program begins with a lecture and demonstration on textile care and conservation by Textile Conservator Kathy Francis. The afternoon sessions include a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the MSU Museum textile collections and a lecture by Dr. Sally Helvenston of MSU's Department of Human Environment and Design on historic textiles as inspiration for new designs by university students.

Cost is $20/per person. Pre-registration is required. Contact Marie Gile at (517) 353-1744.

Image of The Michigan League of Handweavers has created a special, one-of-a-kind 8-by-8-foot Michigan map made of many different fiber materials for this exhibition.Photo 1: The Blue Pots (c. 1949-1955), organized in 1946, are the original founders of the Yarnwinders Guild of Marquette, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Yarnwinders Guild of Marquette.

Photo 2: Coverlet woven by Michigan resident Arbam VanDoren in Hillsdale County, Michigan, in 1844. MSU Museum #6595.1. Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.

Photo 3: The Michigan League of Handweavers has created a special, one-of-a-kind 8-by-8-foot Michigan map made of many different fiber materials for this exhibition. Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.