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ARCE Member's Textile Exhibit Featured at Vanderbilt University

ARCE Member's Textile Exhibit Featured at Vanderbilt University

ARCE Member's Textile Exhibit Featured at Vanderbilt University

MemoryOfEgypt"Memory of Egypt," an exhibit of art fabrics by longtime ARCE member Nancy Arthur Hoskins of Eugene, Oregon, spent the month of July at the Sarratt Art Gallery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesse.

Hoskins explains: "Egyptian textiles from the Pharaonic, Coptic, and Early Islamic Periods have been the focus of my research, writing, and creative weaving since 1974. I have examined the collections of Egyptian fabrics in over fifty museums in Egypt, France, England, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Australia and the United States."

"The rare patterned weaves found in the tomb of Tutankhamun are especially intriguing. My handwoven textiles range from ‘experimental replications’ of Tutankhamun weaves and ancient weaving techniques to fanciful interpretations of iconic figures encountered while on my quest. Playing with color, pattern and structure, I reinterpreted golden, bejeweled mummy case portraits and patterns from the past—paradoxically, weaving on a complex, computer-assisted loom what the ancient artisans wove with a few sticks and string."

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