Friday, April 30, 2010

The Museum Store presents a trunk show of Laramie cloth artist Dona Fleming

A cloth design by local fabric artist Dona Fleming.
Image courtesy of the artist.

The Museum Store at the University of Wyoming Art Museum presents a Trunk Show with Laramie cloth artist Dona Fleming Monday, May 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fleming will also discuss ArtCloth and textile surface design at 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The Trunk Show premieres Fleming’s Studio Wear, her line of garments fashioned from utility textiles and hand painted silk scarves, wraps, and jackets. Fleming has developed a simple design that is translated into shirts, tunics, and smock-length garments. The simplicity of the designs honor the humility of the utilitarian textiles and take both to the status of fashion.

Fleming will discuss ArtCloth and textile surface design. ArtCloth, a phrase coined by Jane Dunnewold, owner of ArtCloth Studios in San Antonio, TX, honors the embellished textile as complete artwork in and of itself. These works usually consist of lengths of fabric that have been treated with multiple layers of painted dyes, block and silkscreen printing, digital printing, and many other techniques. Moving textiles from the domestic application to the realm of gallery artworks, ArtCloth exhibits are now found in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to her own work, Fleming will show two samples of work by Jane Dunnewold and Els Van Barrle. Textile surface design describes the process of dying and applying imagery to the surface of fabrics. She will discuss some textile surface design techniques, including hand painting, printing, and lamination.

The Museum Store and the UW Art Museum are located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Dr in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (307) 766-6622 or visit

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