Wearable Art the Focus as Funk Center Workshop, Lecture Expand on Exhibit

MELBOURNE, FLA. — In conjunction with the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts’ current exhibit, Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art, local artist, textile designer and art educator Rita Bernstein of RitaSilk Studio will lead a children’s workshop on Oct. 18 where participants will create their own wearable art.

Each participant will design and color two pair of socks using various techniques and delivery methods. Dyes are acid-free, archival, lightfast and washable.

The workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the center’s mezzanine, is for ages 9-12. Admission is $10 and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 17 by calling Donna Sewell at (321) 674-6129 or emailing textiles@fit.edu.

On Oct. 21, the center will hold another event associated with its wearable art exhibit.

Guest artist Ann Clarke will speak starting at 6 p.m. as part of the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series. She will present a gallery tour of her work in the center’s galleries, as well. The talk will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m.

Clarke is dean of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. In her studio, Two Sticks Knitting, she creates one-of-a-kind art to wear, including coats and hats, as well as wall hangings. Her work is featured in many private collections and has been published extensively.

Clarke holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.

The cost for the lecture is $10 for the public and free to Friends of Textiles members, and Florida Tech faculty, staff and full-time students. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free.



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