The Fall River area in Massachusetts has been home to a large piece of the history of textiles in New England. This exhibition encompasses the history of the area and it’s connection to textiles - then and now.
The Narrows Center for the Arts is located near Fall River’s waterfront on the 3rd floor of what was once a warehouse for the American Printing Company. In the early 20th Century, APC was the largest producer of printed cloth in the world. The Narrows is excited to present a grand textile exhibition in our grand historic mill.
The art on display is a juried selection of textile work that compliments the rich history of textiles in New England with the dynamic expression of current textile design in one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.
MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill also showcases highlights of the history of textile manufacturing in the Fall River area including historical information about the industry, contributing jobs and economic growth to the area, and the people who came to work in the industry and how they contributed to the “fabric of America.”
We welcome the local community to experience a pride in their history and invite you to the adventure of seeing artists and craftspeople engaging in creative activities.
Guest Juror: Providence RI artist Jules of Heron Pond Studio
Jules creates relief prints. Her favorite method for printing her creations is on cloth. Her work with textiles has informed her of the immense depth and breadth of textile art - the mix of old methods and crafts still employed today by textile artists right along side the new methods supported by technology and fiber discoveries. Jules has maintained Heron Pond Studio since 1991 all the while producing art, teaching classes, and sharing space with visiting artists.
Paula S. Becker
Laurie Carlson Steger
Kendra J. Dowd
Ann Baldwin May
Mary Ellen Nieders
Laura Saunders Kaiser
Marianne R. Williamson
Image: “Crow Blanket” by Louise Wheatley