Piece by Piece: Recent Work from Regional Fiber Artists


Friday, May 17, 2024 - Sunday, August 18, 2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mardigian Library, Stamelos Gallery Center (map)
Hanging quilt with patches in blue, white, tan and green in a variety of patterns

"On Water" by Kayla Powers (cotton, linen, silk, wool, beads, iron, seeds, acorn, indigo, sumac, buckthorn, chamomile) 2024

Piece by Piece: Recent Work from Regional Fiber Artists exhibition features artwork where fiber lends itself to an exploration of the potency of being human. The familiarity of a frayed edge, a softness to comfort us, or a thickness to protect us; fabric reminds us of how we need to be held. It takes us back to the ways we care for each other, the ways our ancestors have blended need and beauty by weaving, knotting, spinning, dyeing, and making for centuries. 

This medium is not only artistic in practice, but holds a necessity in its utility in our lives. How can we learn from textiles, to weave our communities more strongly? In a place like South East Michigan, where so many holes have been torn, threads left frayed, reaching for a hand without the tools to stitch us back together - fiber art is helping piece together a vibrant community, reminding ourselves that we all hold vibrancy in our individuality. Piece by Piece explores what contemporary fiber making in the area looks like today, and where it will take us in the future. The exhibition will feature work by Yeager Edwards, Taylor Jenkins, Shaina Kasztelan, Bella Kiser, Kit Parks, Kayla Powers, Jessie Rice, Leslie Rogers, Katie Shulman, Melissa Webb, and Maggie Wiebe.

The exhibition is open from May 17th until August 18th, 2024. For gallery hours consult: umdearborn.edu/stamelos

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Laura Cotton

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