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Hands-on History: Treasures from the American Made Community Loom

Community loom weavings.

Community loom weavings.

Guests use colored pencils and stencils to decorate their own take-home trinket box.

Guests use colored pencils and stencils to decorate their own take-home trinket box.

Although Crystal Bridges’ new exhibition, American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, opened only a short time ago, our visitors have already been very engaged with our in-gallery activities. Guests seem to enjoy creating stencils on the take-away trinket boxes, while also producing a variety of quilt-square variations on our magnetic wall. However, the top activity inside the gallery appears to be the community loom project.

 

 

 

Marilyn Stafford of Fayetteville contributes to the community loom project in American Made.

Marilyn Stafford of Fayetteville contributes to the community loom project in American Made.

Guests choose from a selection of fabrics and yarn (called the weft) to weave together between the vertical strings of the loom (called the warp), creating a small, colorful textile. After each textile is complete, it is cut from the loom and a museum staff member restrings the warp.  We’ve collected six textiles so far, with many many more to come!

 

In addition to the in-gallery activities, guests have an opportunity to meet real, live artists from our region as they demonstrate their skill in a number of traditional art forms represented in the exhibition.  Demonstrations include quilting, woodcarving, weaving, felting, embroidery, furniture and sign painting, automaton building, spinning, and more!  You can see the schedule for July demos below.

If watching the artist demonstrations makes you want to learn more, you can take part in one or more of our mini workshops:  a series of two-hour evening programs led by practicing artists.  Click here to see the schedule and register!

 

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Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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