Cloth Constructions

Cloth Constructions

“Make it new.”
Ezra Pound

In this digital age, to make art by hand has gained fresh meaning. Now more than ever, art that emphasizes physical presence has a powerful resonance. New art made with old technology is imbued with a sense of continuity that links our own lives to the largeness of history. In a familiar context, personal invention can stand out with striking clarity. This is especially true of art made with textiles.

The binding of cloth with thread is as old as human history, and it has always married utility with design. These tandem concerns make textile artifacts seem deeply human. Methods of piecing, quilting, embroidering, mending and printing fabric have warmed both body and spirt for countless centuries. Our psychological relationship to these materials and techniques is an elemental aspect of human experience. Any artist who works with stitched cloth brings that reference into their art.

But the artists in this exhibition are also informed by contemporary ‘fine art’ practice in a variety of media. Although they work with materials and techniques associated with utilitarian textiles, their art is made for contemplation, not utility. And, while they share an affinity for the history and physicality of cloth, each has a personal approach to how it can be used to make art.

David Hornung, Guest Curator

About the Guest Curator

About the Guest Curator
About the Guest Curator

David Hornung is an artist, author, and teacher. Over the last 45 years, he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Skidmore College, and Indiana University. Hornung is currently a full professor at Adelphi University on Long Island. He has has taught color and design workshops for contemporary textile artists in the US and UK for over a decade, and is the author of Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers—a practical textbook that has been used worldwide in art schools and universities since the first edition appeared in 2005. 

Featured Artists

Featured Artists
Featured Artists

Shelley Brenner Baird
Elizabeth Brandt
Pat Budge
Dorothy Caldwell
Helen Geglio
Richmond Lewis
Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Christine Mauersberger
Karen Schulz
Gerri Spilka
Margaret Boys Wolf

Gallery Photos

Gallery Photos
Gallery Photos
Support for this exhibition has been provided by the following sponsors, and by contributions from visitors like you: Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild, Friends of the International Quilt Museum and the Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment,. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this exhibition through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov for more information. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild, Friends of the International Quilt Museum, and the Nebraska Arts Council.
Event Date
Friday, September 4, 2020 to Saturday, January 30, 2021