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Friday, May 11, 2012

New exhibition on a Michigan weaver at the MSU Museum


Margaret Windeknecht weaving
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, MSU Museum
WEAVING A LIFE: THE FIBER ART OF MARGARET WINDEKNECHT
The MSU Museum presents a new acquisition, a collection of weavings by Margaret Windeknecht (1936-2009). Margaret Windeknecht was a creative and prolific weaver and author. Her fiber techniques and designs were published in 10 books, including Color and Weave, a groundbreaking work she wrote with her husband Tom on computer-aided design to develop weaving patterns. The former president of the Michigan Weavers Guild, Windeknecht received more than 70 awards in juried exhibitions and taught numerous workshops at guilds and conferences throughout the country. Undeterred by a stroke, Windeknecht continued her creative process and altered the scale of her work and learned to weave and bead using one hand. In her later years, she worked increasingly in miniature and beadwork. It was also during this time that the majority of her published works were produced.

"Weaving a Life: The Fiber Art of Margaret Windeknecht" is on exhibit through July 1 at the MSU Museum.

Read more: http://museum.msu.edu/index.php?q=node/641