I’m in love with my current show at The Eclipse Gallery, if I do say so myself. Fiber art is near and dear to my heart, thanks to Alison Gates, who was my textiles professor in college at UWGB. She really introduced me to the whole craft as art concept and taught me how to knit, felt, and weave, among other things! I am so excited to now have three pieces by Alison in this exhibition. I think her work is so interesting. You can also find her work right now in The American Dream: A Juxtaposition, at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.
Alison Gates, Neither Created Nor Destroyed
So as I was taking these textile/fiber classes in college, I was also working at the Lawton Gallery at UWGB as part of my Gallery/Museum Practices major — and what exhibition did I help install but Craftivism: Reclaiming Craft & Creating Community, which was guest curated by Faythe Levine. Needless to say that show heightened my awareness of the growing DIY/Indie Craft culture and inspired me even more to explore the intersection between art, craft, and handmade design.
Last year I was contacted by Shan Bryan-Hansen, who told me about her Milkweed Project and I was blown away. I had already curated shows that included collaborative, fiber-based art installations by Jennifer Marsh, so I was excited to see that an area artist/curator was working on a similar type of project. The result is beautiful! Over 100 artists from over 30 countries contributed to this artwork. Image below:
Another artist that I had wanted to include in an exhibition for awhile was Jennifer Hunold. Her embroidery style is unique and fresh. Make sure to check out her Be Nice project, where she prints her embroidery pieces into pamphlets that are distributed. The below piece is included in this exhibition and is part of her newest Be Nice series – Guide to Farting and Pooping.
This show runs though February 28, so if you are in the Northeast Wisconsin area, make sure to stop by, check out the show, and say hello! Directions and hours can be found on the gallery’s website.