Opening reception and artist talk at the City Museum in December

    Mary EcEwen, photo courtesy of the City Museum.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - On Dec. 2nd, the City Museum will host an opening reception for fiber artist Mary McEwen’s new exhibition.

    Friday, December 2nd, 4-7 pm, the City Museum will host an opening reception for Mary McEwen's new exhibition titled Hit & Miss: Adventures in Textile Reuse.

    The exhibition features large-scale woven pieces created from locally sourced scrap textiles that would otherwise be headed to the dump.

    Saturday, December 3rd at 11 am, McEwen will give an artist talk at the City Museum in which she will provide information about fabrics and techniques, and demonstrate some of the processes and tools used to create her pieces.

    A passing comment about local waste a few years ago began McEwen's inspiration, and that grew into Hit & Miss: Adventures in Textile Reuse.

    While discussing ways waste can be diverted from Juneau's dump, someone commented to McEwen about the lack of local textile recycling options.

    "I wasn't sure what textile recycling even meant and I stumbled down a rabbit hole of the types and the history of textile recycling, from the high-tech (mechanical or chemical separation of fibers) to the low-tech (rag making), from local resale (thrift stores) to the ship-it-somewhere-else options," said McEwen.

    When McEwen learned that the proliferation of low-cost, low-quality clothing commonly referred to as "fast fashion" has thrift stores, donation centers, and neighborhood free boxes overflowing, she decided to do something about it.

    McEwen chose to name her exhibition after a traditional style of rag rug called "Hit and Miss" that's woven from a grab bag of scraps in all different colors and materials.

    "I'm taking the angle that while this may not be a serious art, it may be a fun form of waste diversion. The cloth materials used in the pieces all come from Juneau. I'm referring to this as 'locally-sourced garbage'."

    Hit & Miss: Adventures in Textile Reuse will be on display at the City Museum from December 2nd through December 29th, 2022. The opening reception and artist talk are free.

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