Local fiber artists will change the way you think about textiles
Featuring artists from the Harmony Weavers Guild
When artist Maureen Kamerick gets creative, she sits down at her loom and weaves thousands of fibers into a vibrant, intricate rug or scarf. Kamerick is one of 23 creative textile enthusiasts who have woven cloth into art for The Fabric of Life: Works in Fiber by the Harmony Weavers Guild,the next community-curated Outlooks exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum, on view September 30, 2017 – January 14, 2018.
The Fabric of Life presents 33 works made by members of the Harmony Weavers Guild, a collective dedicated to the arts of weaving and spinning. Some members begin at a spinning wheel, twirling strands of fiber into yarn. For weaving, artists may use the simplest of band looms or complex, computer-driven ones.
Styles range from cutting-edge contemporary to traditional. Many works feature innovative interpretations of age-old methods and patterns. Some weavers prefer natural materials such as cotton, wool, and silk. Others include tencel and metallic, among other modern fabrics. Materials are often hand-dyed and the richness of color and variety of texture highlight the artists’ aesthetic sensibilities and technical skills. The exhibition features wearable art as well as pieces designed for public spaces and the home.
“The Fabric of Life invites the viewer to think about the artist’s process and to appreciate the textiles that are so much a part of our everyday lives,” says Dr. Mary F. Holahan, Curator of Illustration and Curator of the Outlooks Exhibition Series. “We are pleased that the Harmony Weavers Guild is part of the Museum’s Outlooks series. The Fabric of Life will give visitors a chance to experience the dazzling colors and intricate designs of these expert weavers.”
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About the Harmony Weavers Guild
Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild meets monthly for inspiration, instruction, and outreach to beginning and experienced textile artists. Its 80 members exhibit extensively and their work is widely worn and collected around the world. Members actively engage in the arts community both locally and nationally by exhibiting, hosting visiting artist workshops, and providing educational outreach to students, and beginning and experienced textile artists. Their work is sold locally and nationally. For more information, visit harmonyweaversguild.org.
About the Outlooks Exhibition Series
Since its inception in 2008, the Outlooks Exhibition Series has invited local artists, leaders, and members of the public to suggest group exhibitions. The series contributes to the Museum’s mission of providing an inclusive and essential community resource. All Outlooks exhibitions are displayed in the Ammon Galleries on the Museum’s second floor. For more information, please visit delart.org/exhibitions/outlook-exhibition-series/.
Support is provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complemented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.
Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art–spanning more than 200 years–from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.
For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.
The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit delart.org.
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