Here at the Studios, there’s always something new happening. But unless you’re here in the studios themselves or around the MASS MoCA campus where our residents frequently wander, it can be easy to miss some of the incredible things our residents are up to. Thankfully, our residents are great at documenting what they do.
Stacey Piwinski, a textile artist and recent resident to the Studios, had taken an interest in involving people in the creation of fabrics. To get people involved, she’s set up her portable loom in places such as galleries, beaches, and laundry mats.
When she arrived in North Adams, she immediately took an interest in the history of the buildings that make up MASS MoCA, noting that the buildings have a rich and layered history in textile printing. Being conscientious about placement, she chose to set up her loom in Building 7, which was formally the bleaching house for Arnold Print Works and now houses the installations of Sol Lewitt. She then invited museum-goers into the process of creating fabric, right there in the galleries.
Click here to read Stacey’s blog about this community engagement piece and to learn more about the participants who made this endeavor a success.