Upcoming Exhibitions in the Gallery at Praxis Fiber Workshop
Tradewinds | H. Mitsu Shimabukuro
March 5 – April 30, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): March 5, 6-8PM EST.
Tradewinds shows the recent work of H. Mitsu Shimabukuro, textile artist and sculptor. The show seeks to create space for the complexity of overlapping identities, using the structure of weaving and dyeing processes to merge Shimabukuro’s experiences as biracial and queer.
Hannah Mitsu Shimabukuro was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui. They earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Yale University in 2013 and upon completion of their degree worked as the printmaking studio technician for the University of Tennessee School of Art in Knoxville from 2014-2017. In 2019, they graduated from the Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Fiber Program in Clyde, North Carolina. Mitsu has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery in Philadelphia, the CICA Museum in Gimpo-si, Korea, as well as completing residencies at the KKV Grafik Studio in Malmö, Sweden, and the Studios Residency at MASS MoCA. They are currently living and working at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina through the school’s Core Fellowship program.
TBD | Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup (Tierre Firme), Avery Williamson
May 7 – June 27, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): May 7, 6-8PM EST.
Analise Minjarez is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator from El Paso, TX. Textile binding and basketry processes in her work reflect the liminality and tension of borders. Sculptures, drawings, and videos are also used to explore both physical and psychological barriers.
Minjarez received her B.F.A. in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is currently an M.F. A. 2021 candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Minjarez has taught classes at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Dallas Contemporary, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Oil and Cotton, SAY Sí, and the Southwest School of Arts. Most recently, Minjarez has exhibited work at the Xolo Gallery in El Paso, TX and the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas, TX as part of the 2020 Nasher Windows Series.
Sarita Westrup is an artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Rooted in basketry techniques and bricolage her sculptural basketry works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley of South on the Texas – Mexico border. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016. Her work has been exhibited widely including recent exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas,TX as part of the Nasher Windows Series, the Wayne Art Center in Wayne,Pennsylvania, Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, and form and concept in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Avery Williamson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores historical and contemporary notions of the archive, Black pleasure and spatiotemporal collapse. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies. There she was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for extraordinary undergraduate work. Williamson has since shown work in Philadelphia, Cambridge, Nashville and Ann Arbor, and recently completed a 6-month experimental residency at The Hosting in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her work has been featured by the Instagram Design team and the American Craft Council. Williamson currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition | Xuena Pu
August 6 – 31, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): August 6, 6-8PM EST.
Emerging Artist Fellow Xuena Pu will present a new body of work developed at Praxis.
Xuena was born and grew up in a traditional craftsman family in Kaifeng, China. She learned and practiced ancient weaving techniques in her early childhood from her grandma. She also inherited macramé crochet and Chinese knotting from her mom. She applied most of these techniques into her first collection – Memories, which had the debut live show in Columbus Fashion Week 2020 (one of the only 4 designers with a live show) in September. She will have a Seams fashion exhibit by Wild Goose Creative in October, and an exhibition in November at the 2020 ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association) Annual Conference. Xuena holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Central South University of China. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Columbus College of Art and Design in May 2020, graduating with Outstanding Senior recognition and the Easton Award.
Weathering | Tali Weinberg
September 3 – October 29, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): September 3, 6-8PM EST.
In this solo exhibition, Weinberg shares a body of work created as a practice of grieving the multiple absences and losses resulting from intertwined climate and health crises. She draws on a history of weaving as a subversive language for women and marginalized groups to craft a feminist, material archive in response to climate change. Through drawing, weaving, and fiber sculpture, she traces relationships between climate, water, extractive industry, illness, and displacement; between personal and communal loss; and between corporeal and ecological bodies.
Tali Weinberg’s work is held in public and private collections and is exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include the University of Colorado Art Museum, 21C Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, 108 Contemporary, Center for Craft, and Gallatin Gallery. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Surface Design Journal, and the Tulsa Voice and was featured in “The Body Issue” of the literary Journal Ecotone. Select grants and residencies include: a three-year Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Serenbe Fiber-Focus Fellowship, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant, SciArt Bridge Residency, Windgate Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, Lia Cook Jacquard Residency, and Caldera, among others. Weinberg has taught at California College of the Arts (CCA), University of Tulsa, Penland School of Craft, and lectures and gives workshops throughout the US.
One Year, One Outfit | Group Exhibition
November 5 – December 31, 2021
Opening reception (TBD whether in-person, virtual, or both): November 5, 6-8PM EST.
The first-ever One Year, One Outfit cohort will exhibit their finished 3-piece outfits in this exciting group exhibition. All garments will have been made from materials grown in our fibershed, which is defined as the area spanning a 250-mile radius in every direction from Cleveland.