Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weaving: Art, Craft and Design Talk by Susan Sklarek

On Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm Susan Sklarek will discuss the inter-relationship of art, craft and design within thewide range of applications for weaving. Examples of innovative contemporary work, both handmade and industrially produced, will be shown.

Susan Sklarek received an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. Since 1980, she has been teaching weaving and textile courses at RISD at both beginning and advanced levels, including the use of 8-harness floor looms as well as 24-harness computer-interfaced dobby looms, training her students as both artists and designers. She worked for 8 years as the in-house designer for Stanley Woolen Mills, which produced fancy woolen fabrics for mens and women's apparel. Other freelance projects include working with the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation on the analysis and reproduction of Anni Albers' woven fabrics. In addition to design for industrial and hand production, her own work has also included woven illustrations for print, and 2- and 3-dimensional fine art pieces for exhibition. Her frequent travels to Japan have led to an extensiv collection and knowledge of Japanese textiles. Susan has also recently traveled to CEDIM Design Institute in Monterrey, Mexico, and to Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, to teach and lecture as a Visiting Professor.

Come to the Hera Gallery, December 5th to enjoy the talk by Susan Sklarek!

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