Textiles on the Town: Meet Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

From Textile Center’s newsletter:

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi speaks from the heart, and she tells it like it is. I can’t wait to meet her in person in two weeks, and I can’t wait for you to meet her, too. Dr. Mazloomi is one of the five extraordinary fiber artists who make up our new National Artist Advisory Council, and she will be traveling from her home in West Chester, Ohio, to take part in Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind, March 8–12.

Her lecture, Building a Legacy: African American Quilt History, on Saturday, March 11 (6 to 7:30 pm) is one you won’t want to miss. Co-presented by Minnesota Quilters (MQ) at the guild’s new home at Recovery Church in St. Paul, this event will also feature jazz by my good friend Dennis W. Spears and The Wolverines Jazz Trio. (I hope you will buy your tickets today!) 

Dr. Mazloomi is also taking part in the opening of two exhibits on Thursday, March 9: Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince in the Joan Mondale Gallery, which Dr. Mazloomi served as a juror and curator, and National Ties: Contemporary Textiles from the National Artist Advisory Council, which will showcase two of her extraordinary quilts in our Studio Gallery. 

An excellent introduction to Dr. Mazloomi is available through the NEA’s Art Works Podcast: A Conversation with 2014 National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi:

When we formed our National Artist Advisory Council, we wanted internationally renowned fiber artists who could serve as invaluable advisors and advocates for Textile Center. Mission accomplished. And after you get to know Dr. Mazloomi and her colleagues during our Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind festivities, I am confident you will agree!

Thunder & Dusty

16.May31.ThunderThunder and Dusty, my brother Ray’s magnificent Percherons, are among the many reasons I enjoy making a trip home to the family farms in Clearwater County. I also appreciate how willing Thunder and Dusty are to oblige my need to photograph them frequently. They are our gentle giants.

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A downtown view – looking up

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Riding my scooter through downtown (Minneapolis) last week was a major challenge. Traffic was backed up … stop and go. I looked up during one of those moments where we weren’t moving at all (thanks to Nicollet Mall construction), and I captured this view of our wonderful Foshay Tower.

Learning SAORI weaving at Homewood Studios

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I’ve always wondered how a loom works, and learning how to do SAORI weaving yesterday at Homewood Studios was an experience I will cherish always.

Chiaki O’Brien and the six women artists she mentored at TSE (a non-profit that supports people with developmental and other intellectual disabilities) were outstanding teaching artists.

The combination of their brilliant SAORI exhibit in the Homewood gallery and their enthusiastic desire to teach us how to use the SAORI looms inspired us, the learners, to create our own unique pieces of art.

To George and Bev Roberts (owners of Homewood Studios): Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to explore our talents in community with other artists. Thank you, too, for providing me with a wonderful (and symbolic) bridge from my 7.5+ years at the Capri Theater to my new role as Textile Center’s new executive director.

I’m going to display my SAORI piece with pride in my new office, and it will inspire me to share wonderful stories about our vibrant arts scene in North Minneapolis, particularly Bev and George’s commitment to bring community together through art.

Photos above and below: my first SAORI work, including an inspection by Nikolas. (I think he approved of my work!)

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Looking ahead: Textile Center!

 

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ANNOUNCING KARL REICHERT: TEXTILE CENTER’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(From textilecentermn.org) – We are pleased to announce great news for the future of Textile Center. After an extensive examination of what qualities the organizations needs for its next Executive Director, and a national search, Textile Center has named Karl Reichert to the position.

This exceptional new leader has a track record leading arts organizations, with experience building great programing, and a history of making strong connections to individuals, funders and other arts directors across Minnesota.

Karl served as the Director of the Capri Theater for Plymouth Christian Youth Center for nearly eight years, where he created, shaped, and funded a myriad of programs that have elevated music and theater performance and education in culturally diverse and economically challenged North Minneapolis. While there, he led the redevelopment of the Capri Theater from an under-utilized movie house into a flourishing, first-rate performing arts venue, creating a sustainable impact on economic and neighborhood redevelopment in North Minneapolis.

Before the Capri, Karl worked as a marketing and public relations consultant for arts organizations, served as Fundraising Director for R.T. Rybak’s 2001 mayoral campaign, and was the Director of Public Affairs at the Minnesota Orchestral Association (1992 to 2000).

The Search Committee, comprised of members of the Textile Center Board of Directors and several textile guilds, was impressed with Reichert’s senior arts executive experience, and decades of success in developing and promoting the arts in the Twin Cities. A deeply committed and talented community leader, Karl is enthusiastic about leading Textile Center into its third decade of being a vibrant, catalytic hub for fiber art. He is also a knitter!

“I’m honored to have been appointed Textile Center’s new executive director,” Karl says, “and I’m looking forward to diving into the world of fiber arts. As Minnesotans, we are blessed to have an incomparable arts scene, and Textile Center’s national profile is the result of more two decades committed to celebrating and supporting fiber art in our region. Thanks to its dedicated board, staff and community of artists, guilds and enthusiasts, Textile Center has a very exciting future ahead of it. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this important arts organization forward.”

Karl will assume the post on November 17, and there will be numerous opportunities for the community to meet him. Join us at Textile Center for the Holiday Gallery Shop’s Carter Smith artist trunk show on November 15; Karl will be in attendance from 1 – 4 pm.