June 24 – October 8, 2017
This year, the Weavers of Orlando – a regional guild of fiber artists – turns 75 years old. Members have met every month since the guild’s founding in 1942.
The art and craft of weaving is deeply entwined in human history, with some indications that weaving was known during the Paleolithic era, as early as 27,000 years ago. In the Americas, finely woven textiles have been found in Peru that date back 12,000 years.
Although the roots of the fiber arts are deep, the work of fiber artists continues to be vital and exciting. Through the Threads of Our Lives exhibition, visitors can both explore the history of weaving and also experience surprising colors and textures in functional, wearable, and decorative art made by Central Florida craftspeople who bring a modern twist to this age-old tradition.