Textiles on the Town: Meet Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

From Textile Center’s newsletter Textiles On The Town:

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.