Explore textile and fiber art by ‘slow looking’ at the Avenir Museum

Photos by Christian Knoll

The first large-scale traveling exhibition brought in by the Avenir, Virginia Commonwealth University’s “FABRICation” is a textile and fiber arts examination of “slow making” by hand, featuring seven artists.

The theme is “Slow Looking,” suggesting that visitors take their time soaking in each piece to notice details that may not be evident at first glance.

Many of the pieces feature mixed media. Erin Castellan uses a variety of materials to create hybrid works that drape off the wall. Kristy Deetz paints wood to look like a textile surface. Virginia Derryberry sews garments such as dresses onto quilts. Reni Gower’s work features colorful vertically hanging layers. Natalie Smith’s minimalist, multidimensional pieces explore repeating patterns on different surfaces. CSU alumna Susan Iverson created striking tapestries that hang in the shape of the letter U – and she’ll deliver an evening lecture about FABRICation at the Avenir on March 22. That talk will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Avenir Museum Classroom, Room 157, at 216 E. Lake St. Finally, the largest of Rachel Hayes “strip-quilting” works features a combination of burlap sacks, polyester chiffon and vinyl.

The exhibition is on display until May 11.

The Avenir is based in the Department of Design and Merchandising, in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.