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Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk
Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk

Fiber Artisits’ Gallery Talk
Sunday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Gallery

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019
Mar
13
to Mar 14

Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019

Presented by Local Cloth Inc.

Anni Albers wanted to study painting when she applied to the renowned Bauhaus art school in Germany, but was forced to choose between bookbinding and weaving, which the founder deemed more appropriate for women.

She chose weaving, even though she considered it “rather sissy” at the time. At the Bauhaus, and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in Western NC, Anni would become a leader in the modern hand-weaving revival, pushing the limits with her focus on innovative materials and the architecture of woven fabric. Her work helped define what would become known after WWII as “fiber art.”

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women, including Albers, in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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The Stories of our Advent Banners
Dec
14
to Dec 31

The Stories of our Advent Banners

The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  The Liturgical Arts Committee hopes you will find something to reflect upon as you are in this sacred space during this wondrous time of the year.  

The process of painting on silk is multi faceted.  I use French liquid dyes on white Habitoi silk yardage.  Paint sits on top of a surface, but dyes penetrate the fibers.  Thus, the image can be seen from both sides.  (You’re welcome, choir!)  The silk is hand hemmed, then stretched on a frame.  In this case the banners and frame are 4’ x 10’.  I freehand draw on the silk, approximating my 2” x 4” sketch, using a water based clear resist.  The resist creates white lines.  The dyes are painted in between the lines.  I am very grateful for the help of Joan Murchison and Cindy Nelson who helped with the painting.  In theory, the dyes should stay in the cells created by the resist, but in reality the color frequently “jumps” over the line, resulting in beautiful blendings and mixtures.  I love that!  Silk by nature is strong, but gentle and free flowing, and when the art is that way too, it is cohesive.  When the silk is removed from the frame, it is sandwiched between clear newsprint and rolled into a tight ball, then steamed on top of the stove for about an hour and 15 minutes to set the dyes.  Next it is unwrapped and held under cool running water to remove the resist and any excess dye.  I let it “rest” overnight, then it is ready to be ironed and hung.
— Mary Ellen Porter

The first banner represents the wounded, scattered flock and the tender, loving shepherd.  It reminds us that the shepherds and other “ordinary” people were among the first to know of the coming of Jesus.  We are His people and the sheep of his flock.  We anticipate the goodness of coming home to be with Him.  The sky could be sunrise or sunset.  Sunrise could be interpreted as the dawn of new things to come, sunset as anticipation of that Holy Christmas Eve.  

“Make Straight in the Desert a Highway”
Isaiah reminds us that life is not always easy; he knows we will encounter rough places. But with our loving God, there is always hope.  Hope that our rough places will be made plain, that the winding roads before us will become straight, and that we will be led out of the darkness and into the light.

This silk piece, seen from the vantage point of a crooked rocky road, looks toward a straighter path across the desert and into the light.  Jesus is our Light and our Salvation and we look forward to His promise of comfort.  

“O Little Town of Asheville”
God didn’t send His only son, our Lord Jesus to Bethlehem, to be Lord of only those people and only in that time.  He sent Him to be Lord of each of us for all times and in all places.  I believe Jesus wants to be in our little town of Asheville too.  In our church, in our homes, in our hearts, today and always.  This banner represents Asheville, and perhaps you will find a few landmarks that look familiar.  Look for our mountains, City Hall, First Presbyterian Church, the new apartments on the back side of the Aloft Hotel, and various other office and hotel buildings.  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

The Holy Family in the Stable
Come quietly now. Stand with me behind Mary and Joseph in this crude stable strewn with hay. Peeking over their shoulders we see the baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the same manger from which the cattle usually eat. He’s sleeping, warm, content and already full of love. The light from a magnificent star floods the space where he rests, and the night sky beyond the door holds other wonders unseen. Be near us Lord Jesus, we ask you to stay.

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Advent Banners 2017
Nov
22
to Dec 5

Advent Banners 2017

The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  There will be a new one displayed each of the 4 weeks of this Season.  The Liturgical Arts Committee hopes you will find something to reflect upon as you are in this sacred space during this wondrous time of the year.  

The process of painting on silk is multi faceted.  I use French liquid dyes on white Habitoi silk yardage.  Paint sits on top of a surface, but dyes penetrate the fibers.  Thus, the image can be seen from both sides.  (You’re welcome, choir!)  The silk is hand hemmed, then stretched on a frame.  In this case the banners and frame are 4’ x 10’.  I freehand draw on the silk, approximating my 2” x 4” sketch, using a water based clear resist.  The resist creates white lines.  The dyes are painted in between the lines.  I am very grateful for the help of Joan Murchison and Cindy Nelson who helped with the painting.  In theory, the dyes should stay in the cells created by the resist, but in reality the color frequently “jumps” over the line, resulting in beautiful blendings and mixtures.  I love that!  Silk by nature is strong, but gentle and free flowing, and when the art is that way too, it is cohesive.  When the silk is removed from the frame, it is sandwiched between clear newsprint and rolled into a tight ball, then steamed on top of the stove for about an hour and 15 minutes to set the dyes.  Next it is unwrapped and held under cool running water to remove the resist and any excess dye.  I let it “rest” overnight, then it is ready to be ironed and hung.

The first banner represents the wounded, scattered flock and the tender, loving shepherd.  It reminds us that the shepherds and other “ordinary” people were among the first to know of the coming of Jesus.  We are His people and the sheep of his flock.  We anticipate the goodness of coming home to be with Him.  The sky could be sunrise or sunset.  Sunrise could be interpreted as the dawn of new things to come, sunset as anticipation of that Holy Christmas Eve.  

Stay tuned for an interpretation of each of the next 3 banners in the succeeding weeks.

~ Mary Ellen Porter
 

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