Weaving Magic: The Artistry of the Loom

 The Artistry of the Loom

November 16, 2018 – March 9, 2019

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, proudly announces the premiere of its exclusive in-house exhibition, Weaving Magic: the Artistry of the Loom, on display from November 16, 2018 -March 9, 2019.  This exclusive exhibit, designed by Dr. Rebecca Ingram, Museum Curator, in collaboration with the Brazos Spinners and Weavers Guild and Intersections Textile Learning Center and Gallery, explores the international world of spinning and weaving.

Opening on Friday, November 16th at 6:30 pm,the public is invited to a free and entertaining lecture by Dr. Helen Dewolf of the Texas A&M University Conservation Research Laboratory and Intersections Textile Learning Center and Gallery. Following her talk, guests are invited to an opening reception featuring wine, appetizers, and gallery viewing.

Helen Dewolf, a native Canadian, studied Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. She is currently the Chief Conservator in the Conservation Research Lab of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M, as well as a member of the Brazos Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas. Her artwork has been on display and for sale at Intersections Textile Learning Center & Gallery, in the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and Brazos Valley Art League shows, and at Square One during the Texas Reds Festival and the Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild Shows. Helen is very active in producing fiber art works, focusing recently on felted (wet and needle) and mixed media wall pieces as well as tapestry.

This display highlights the tools and techniques that have been used for thousands of years to transform wool, flax, cotton, and silk into woven fabrics. Alongside raw fibers, antique spindles, and mid-century home looms, the exhibit features an interactive vertical loom on which visitors can try their hand at Navajo-style weaving. From the natural fiber to the completed fabric, come discover how these ancient crafts were expressed worldwide, and how they continue to be practiced today.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science, and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station & the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.