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WHAT IS PRAXIS?

The idea for Praxis came to fruition when the Cleveland Institute of Art announced that they would be downsizing the fiber department and merging it with the existing sculpture and video departments. We took the existing fiber equipment including 17 floor looms and assorted dyeing supplies and opened a non profit fiber art center. Our facilities are available to the CIA community and the greater Cleveland community in the revitalized arts district of Collinwood in east Cleveland. We offer classes and workshops teaching a wide variety of fiber techniques. In addition, Praxis offers studio space for local fiber artists and a gallery to promote the field of contemporary fiber art.

“The mission of Praxis is to enhance the field of Fiber Art in the Cleveland area by giving local artists and community members access to fiber related equipment, classes and studio space.  Praxis, in affiliation with the Cleveland Institute of Art,  is dedicated to forwarding contemporary Fiber Art by integration and experimentation with other mediums and increasing awareness by creating an environment of education, exhibition and communication locally and within the broader art community.”

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WHAT IS FIBER?

At Praxis we work with mostly natural fiber, which is derived from either cellulose like cotton, flax and hemp or protein like wool or silk. It is flexible and can be folded or twisted upon itself to create a plane or larger surface. These natural materials are extremely susceptible to dye. Dye labs are also essential to the historic process of weaving and yarn dyeing as well as fabric surface design. Weaving and dyeing have functional purposes such as clothing and home accessories but can also be used for inventive, experimental, visual art. Praxis is also the home of a  sustainably grown community indigo garden. At Praxis we use both synthetic and natural dyes and try to be aware and limit the environmental effects of both processes.

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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Without Praxis, this incredible equipment, which has taught artists for decades, would have been stored or given away bit by bit. Without the studio space that Praxis provides, this type of art making is less accessible to a community that has always supported fiber art and to the generation of emerging artists who show a resurgence of passion for this field. Art education is an extremely important aspect of community, vibrancy, creativity and diversity in any city. Praxis will add to the diversity and accessibility of these establishments, helping to make Cleveland an artistic destination within the United States and the entire world.

If you wish to receive more information regarding Praxis Fiber Workshop, please contact us at contact@praxisfiberworkshop.com.

 

Executive Director

Jessica Pinsky

Members of the Board

Christy Gray, Chair

Dru Thompson, Secretary

Joyce Jentoft, Treasurer

Philippe Benard

Gretchen Harnick

Hilary Spittle