The Clarke University Art Department will host an exhibit by guest artist Julie VonDerVellen, featuring a series of woven paper garments. The exhibit is showing now through Saturday, October 22, in the Quigley Gallery on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
VonDerVellen’s exhibit features of garments made of paper that have language and typography woven into them. “My research expands upon traditional storytelling and memoir presentation,” said VonDerVellen in her artist statement. “Significant moments – the stories of friends and family – are interwoven into handmade paper crafted from recycled cotton clothing. The paper, acting as fabric, is layered with a narrative specifically tailored to the event. The garments are re-creations of actual attire surrounding each of the significant moments. My paper weaving technique, a process of interlacing objects with memories, attempts to redefine the commonplace book structure with chapters emerging from seams. The garments reveal new beginnings, life lessons and notable achievements.
The Quigley Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.