Received a surprise email from a former TAC weaving student this past week. Anna Craycroft took Intro to Weaving about a year ago. She was very intent on focusing her energy on understanding drafts and patterns. She briefly described the project she was working on, learned what she needed to from Visnja, and was on her way. Little did we know she was participating is such a great exhibition:

Subject of Learning / Object of Study brings a playful engagement with pedagogical language to three rooms of the Blanton Museum of Art. A colorful mural of chalkboards flank the walls of one gallery. A curated library of books fill the shelves of another. Handwritten wall didactics explain the content of the show through slogans and diagrams. The exhibition underscores how the museum itself as a tool for teaching: replete with visual aids, archives and lesson plans.”

While the exhibition seems to have been incredibly visually stimulating, there were also workshops, readings, and discussions throughout the exhibit on a range of topics from Kafka on the Shore, theater, and steel drumming to Montessori education, Bauhaus color theory, and zen meditation.

In the main education room, were Anna’s pieces:

Says Anna: “They are hand woven out of strips of merino wool, and sewn together for reinforcement. The rugs could be removed from the wall and used as seating during workshops and events that took place in the galleries as part of the exhibition. The ‘weaving’ technique comes from a paper weaving exercise invented by 19th century pedagogue Friedrich Froebel as part of his occupational gifts – a series of teaching tools for young children the pattern and color combination are based on the color theory exercises of Bauhaus teachers – Wasilly Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Paul Klee and Johannes Itten. Each rug is titled after the given Bauhaus exercise.”

(all above photos courtesy UOIEA)

(all above photos courtesy Anna Craycroft)

I wish I had been able to see this! As an arts education center that also houses a gallery, we greatly admire how seamlessly they blended a wide range of educational topics and art. Congratulations, Anna! Can’t wait to see what she does next in textiles.

Look for a recap of last nights lecture with Sabrina Gschwandtner on Monday! Have a great weekend