Textile Center // A National Center for Fiber Art

Posted By: Katherine Price

The people of the Twin Cities’ are known for being skilled creatives and no organization can attest to this spirit more than the Textile Center – a national center for fiber art. Located on University Ave S, the Textile Center is a non-profit group that consists of an impressive 40 different guilds and individual artists that are all fascinated by, or work in, the art of textiles. The space that the center inhabits is amazing and houses several galleries, a shop, the Weavers Guild, meeting spaces and much more.

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Textile Center was started over twenty years ago by a woman named Margaret Miller. After Miller stepped down in 2012 the Board’s President at the time, Ruth Stephens, was quoted in a release saying, “Margaret has brought Textile Center to the point where program and space needs have outpaced the present location and the organization is gearing up for expansion. With the exciting changes Central Corridor Light Rail will bring to our neighborhood, Textile Center’s next decade should be just as dynamic as this past decade.” Since Miller’s leaving Tim Fleming has been named the new Executive Director and has a strong commitment to continuing the work that Miller started, with his own twist of course.

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There is an endless amount of activity happening at the center. Registration for summer classes is going on right now, from kid’s camps to adult classes. There is a new exhibit in the Joan Mondale Gallery, it’s called Cultural Conversations: Traditional Design in a Digital Age, its runs until May 4th. One of the coolest things that I have to be sure not to forget is that there is a state-of-the-art dye lab, equipped for dying such unusual things as Big Bird Live’s feet, and there are plenty of classes the utilize it’s capabilities. Being a total book worm myself I was super impressed to hear that they have the nation’s largest circulating textile library! Any one can access their library but you have to be a member to check things out, that alone seems worth the membership fee to me. Also the gift shop features amazing handmade garments, as well as tools for creating textiles and working with them and an assortment of textile related books. The shop was also named ‘Outstanding Art Gift Shop’ by the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization in 2011.

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SOL is so excited to have made such a great new friend in the Textile Center, tonight (3/28/13) we are having a Fashion Network Happy Hour at their wonderful space on University Ave. The event is sure to be full of friendly, creative faces that are excited to network and make new connections – that is what FNHH is all about! RSVP on the Facebook invite.

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