Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)

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May 2018

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism

May 29-September 9 Atlanta, GA United States

Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. political inequalities and injustices. The time spent on these works shows the dedication to creating pieces that evoke emotion and promote discussion. By sharing ideas expressed through the work of their hands, these artists and crafters aim to make you think, explore and take note. MODA’s Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism exhibition will explore this movement.

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Color Improvisation 2: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts

May 30-September 23 Toronto, Ontario Canada

Color Improvisations 2 is an exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow, one of North America’s most celebrated and influential quiltmakers and teachers. The exhibition includes 25 spectacular large-format quilts by 25 artists from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States – including a piece by Nancy Crow.

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July 2018

The Contact

July 5-November 26 Elko, NV United States

Reception and Ann Johnston’s slide show September 14, 2018 An opportunity to see most of the collection in one place; many of them will be visible both sides. NNM is the region’s premier cultural and historical center for preservation, research, and education, providing comprehensive archives and collections, diverse history and art exhibits, and research facilities.

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Cadenze

July 21-October 7 San Diego, CA United States

Cadenze showcases the contemporary art quilts of Katie Pasquini Masopust, of Fortuna, CA. Masopust’s work has evolved from structured mandalas and large dimensional pieces to painterly landscapes and abstracts. Each of the 36 quilts in Cadenze is accompanied by the artist’s original photo, allowing the viewer to see the inspiration for each quilt.

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Nano Explorations

July 21-October 7 San Diego, CA United States

Nano Explorations by Kathy Weaver of Highland Park, IL features the artist’s interest in the emergent relationships between robotics and humans. Her work focuses on an organic view of robotic technology. Weaver airbrushes paintings on bridal satin and then embroiders and quilts the work.  

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Knot Aging: Rita Zerull’s Embellished Life

July 21-October 7 San Diego, CA United States

Knot Aging: Rita Zerull’s Embellished Life is a celebration of this Escondido artist’s lifetime of creativity. On display are Zerull’s heavily stitched and embellished small works. She learned to sew and embroider at age seven and she’s never stopped!  

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August 2018

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art

August 16-October 11 Williamsport, PA United States

One in four adults lives with some form of mental illness, yet this common affliction often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. The exhibition explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health…

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Linoleum Relief Carving & Printing on Fabric with Jeanne Brady

August 24-August 28 Layton, PA United States

This workshop is a fresh approach to the art of traditional relief block carving and printing on fabric. Demonstrations and specific exercises will teach skills in working from ideas to designs to cutting linoleum blocks and printing on fabric using non-toxic, water-based, high quality textile pigments. From these basics, we will explore the many interesting variations in registration, color overlays, and additional detailing to create multi-layered hand printed fabrics for future projects. Textile pigments are permanent once heat set, and…

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Exploration of Hand Painted Silk

August 24-August 25 Columbia, NC United States

Instructor: Traci Paden. In this dynamic workshop you will discover the magic of dye on silk. You will create your own scarf and wall hanging. We will use professional quality silk dyes and resisted resist. Participants will be guided through the entire process of realizing a design on a scarf and then a second scarf or a wall hanging. This workshop will cover design and color theory, with a focus on silk technique and project completion. ALL LEVELS Session runs…

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Textile Center presents exhibitions by Jiseon Lee Isbara and Susie Taylor

August 30-October 27 Minneapolis, MN United States

Two accomplished artists are featured at Textile Center this fall, with exhibitions contrasting divergent approaches to artistic practice. Similarly, both bring their ideas to fruition through the history, processes, and materials of textiles. Portland-based Lee Isbara’s approach addresses the development of a visual vocabulary over time. With this, she communicates concept and emotion in mirroring her own life as a displaced person conversant in the language and culture of two countries, but not considered a full-fledged member of either one.…

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