Posted: August 19, 2013
In last year's news story Inspired Artworks, we introduced you to work being done on one of the Museum's recent collaborations, an exhibit called Inspired By...Works of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. Three years in the making, the exhibit opens August 20, with a grand opening celebration on September 8 from 1 to 4 PM.
The exhibit features fiber artworks created by Guild members paired with the Museum artifacts that inspired them. Examples of two of the pairings can be seen here. Dottie Wolgemuth knitted a beret based on the colors and design of a 16th century dish. Pat Thalhauser wove a teardrop poncho inspired by the pattern on a Colombian basket. In addition to seeing the paired objects, visitors can read the artist's explanations of why they chose their inspirational artifacts and hear filmed interviews on how their pieces came together. You can listen to part of Ann Bergeron's interview on this page. The "Touch It!" section of the exhibit holds samples of fibers and touchable fragments of some of the artworks, while the "Putting It Together" section shows examples from some of the Guild members'; design books and preparation notes.
A series of special events is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit. Visit our calendar for details of events planned for through the new year.
Inspired By... will be on display through March 9, 2014. For more information, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or email@example.com (e-mail link).