Making America: Bath Spa Mixed Media Textiles Exhibition
June 3, 2014 - Zoe Dennington
Yesterday evening saw the private view of Making America, an exhibition of work by Bath Spa University’s Mixed Media Textiles students. The work on show is the culmination of a partnership project between the students and the American Museum, and is inspired by our collections. You can read more about the project here.
The exhibition will run from 3- 7 June, 12-5pm. Below is a selection of the work on show.
Lydia Williams produced portraits of Tom Torlino, a Navajo student, taken before and after he attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The embroidery on this piece lists the 19th Century boarding schools which aimed to ‘assimilate’ Native American children into European American society.
Fiona Costelloe drew inspiration from the ill-fated Donner party, a group of pioneers who set out for California in 1846, only to become stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Course leader Sue Bradley created this knitted totem pole as a tribute to her cat Moby.
Jan Kinsman’s final piece is inspired by the Navajo rugs in the American Museum collection, and explores the impact of the 1864 deportation of the Navajo on their society.
Josie Llewelyn’s knitted buffalo head was inspired by the Museum’s collection of prints by John James Audubon.
Finally, Alice Sleight produced this hand-knitted model of outlaw John Dillinger!
We’d like to say thank you and well done to all the students for putting together an exhibition of such high-quality work.
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