Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the Fabric Workshop and Museum. I had never been before and only heard the name of the museum once or twice in passing, but I’m glad I finally had the opportunity to check it out. It’s a unique place with impressive art (some that you’ll completely miss if you don’t search high and low) that I have to share with you all!
The museum itself is located on 12th and Arch with a pale blue exterior. With the help of my STAMP Pass, I was able to get an intimate tour for free!The staff members were really nice and helped me figure out which exhibits to view because, believe it or not, there are 8 floors in the main building and several other galleries in other buildings. Not only did I get to see some of the art and have it interpreted to me but I was able to see some shows on how the artists did the type of work that they do. How cool is that?
“Both/And” is the name of Richard Tuttle’s exhibition at the museum. There are a lot of pieces of his work there, some fairly old and others fairly new. All of it uses cool graphic patterns, fabrics, and textures to display his creative thinking and at times theatrical and childlike self. One of my favorite pieces was the male and female kimonos which Tuttle was inspired to make after a trip to Japan. They are made with many Japanese materials and include green and orange for his design. There were also shirts, large pants, and even the alphabet written in an interesting way on display.
I highly recommend visiting the Fabric Workshop & Museum. I learned a lot about a different form of art and had fun viewing the different pieces and hope to go back to see the rest of the museum soon. If you get a chance, check out the show too!