Reception & Artist Talk: Rugs: Recycle and Re-envision
Opening reception for Ruth Katzenstein Souza’s Rugs: Recycle and Re-envision, an exhibition featuring rugs and textiles made of salvaged strips of clothing and sheets sewn and woven to form bold, vivid patterns with lively geometry, Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 5pm – 8pm at the Craft in America Center with a talk and discussion by Souza at 5:30pm.
An additional reception will be held on Saturday October 23, 2010 from 5:00 – 8:00pm with a talk at 5:30pm. The show runs from September 25 through November 27, 2010.
Opening Reception & Artist Talk (#1)
Ruth Katzenstein Souza’s Rugs: Recycle and Re-envision Exhibition
Saturday, September 25, 2010
5pm – 8pm
Ruth Katzenstein Souza’s Rugs: Recycle and Re-envision Exhibition (September 25 – November 27, 2010)
Ruth Katzenstein Souza is a Los Angeles textile artist who knew at the age of 10, after visiting the Watts Towers that she wanted to create her own world. After pursuing apprenticeships and learning on her own, she went on to study weaving, spinning and dyeing at one of England’s oldest and finest craft schools, West Surrey College of Art and Design, now known as University for the Creative Arts – Farnham. This fall, the Craft in America Center will display a selection of her rug creations. All of them are composed of recycled clothing and fiber and they speak to the importance of process in Souza’s work.
Souza forms remarkable patterns with her rugs, each of which have a very painterly quality. The strips she hooks or knots become pixels within the dense pile of each piece. Souza also references the abstract patterns of traditional quilting through her work, but through a completely unique technique and application. Additionally, Souza’s noteworthy woven bags will be on view at the exhibition and available for purchase.