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Weaving Lab Closing Reception

Join us for an informal conversation about how the art of weaving can also help bring people together to help foster community among participants of diverse genders, ages, abilities, and cultures. Artist Marianne Fairbanks will talk about the social practice of weaving at the Weaving Lab, a grassroots, international project based in Madison (WI) that provides community access to free weaving equipment and instruction. Artist Emily Winter will discuss the Weaving Mill, an industrial weaving studio in Chicago that builds collaboration between artists and adults with developmental disabilities as a core part of its mission. Other historical and contemporary examples of social and community oriented weaving will be presented by artist and historian Lisa Vinebaum.


Marianne Fairbanks is a visual artist, designer, curator and Assistant Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan. Her work spans the fields of art, design, and social practice, seeking to chart new material and conceptual territories, to innovate solution-based design, and to foster fresh modes of cultural production.

Emily Winter is a weaver based in Chicago. She is co-founder of The Weaving Mill, an experimental weaving studio in Humboldt Park that blends design, fine art, textile education, and research-based practice. She has an MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in History from the University of Chicago

Lisa Vinebaum, PhD is a leading scholar on community building and social change through fiber and textiles. She is an Associate Professor of Fiber and Material Studies and affiliated full-time faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.