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Exhibit at K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design explores use of textiles in architecture

Thursday, February 22, 2007

MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design is displaying an exhibit exploring textiles in architecture.

"Transforming the Textiles in Architecture" will be on display through Friday, March 9, at the Chang Gallery in Seaton Hall. The free gallery is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The display was organized by Shani Chambers, assistant professor of architecture, and highlights work produced by artists, educators and students. Chambers said that in recent years, there is a renewed interest textiles in architecture. Be it through technology, structure, materiality or expression, architects are discovering new relationships and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration that enriches the field, she said.

The exhibit presents a semester of exploratory work by K-State students in the architecture seminar course "Weaving + Architecture" and fifth-year architecture design studio "Transforming the Textiles in Architecture," both taught in fall 2006 by Chambers. Through collaboration with students in apparel and textiles at K-State, participation in workshops, case studies, theory and design process, the students engaged, discovered and interpreted the relationship between textiles and architecture, she said.

Chambers said this effort would not have been realized without collaboration by four artists who have, through their work and interests, shared in this exploratory process. Their work is highlighted as part of this exhibition. They include: Valerie Goodwin, quilter and assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Florida A&M University; Sherry Haar, artist and associate professor in the department of apparel, textiles and interior design at K-State; and Hiromi Niide and Rebecca Moscou, both fiber artists from Manhattan.

Participating students include:

Bryan Hallier, fifth-year student in architecture, Bonner Springs.

From Greater Kansas City: Colette Hamilton, Chris Krumrei and Whang Suh, fifth-year architecture, all fifth-year students in architecture from Kansas City, Mo.

From Manhattan: Eric Abeln, fifth-year student in architecture; Klara Ferdova, undergraduate in architecture; Jana Hyskova, undergraduate in architecture; and Harini Sarangapani, graduate student in architecture.

Troy Carlson, fifth-year student in architecture, and Jessica Perry, senior in apparel and textiles, both of Topeka; MacKenzie Manson, fifth-year student in architecture, and David Stauth, fifth-year student in architecture, both of Wichita.

From out-of-state:

Gustavo Ramirez, fifth-year student in architecture, Santa Maria, Calif.; Amanda Vincent, fifth-year student in architecture, Aurora, Colo.; and Carl Palmer, fifth-year student in architecture, Colorado Springs, Colo.

From Missouri:

Kelly Moore, fifth-year student in architecture, Independence; Shawna Fuhrman, fourth-year student in architecture, Jefferson City; Laura Indihar, fifth-year student in architecture, Kirkwood; Casey Culbertson, fifth-year student in architecture, Lee's Summit; Michael Pickett, fifth-year student in architecture, Liberty; Charles Vega, fifth-year student in architecture, Raytown; Andrew Heimburger, fourth-year student in architecture, and Breanne Sparrow, fifth-year student in architecture, both of St. Charles; and Alexander Bley, fifth-year student in architecture, St. Louis.

Source: Shani Chambers, 785-532-1894, shanimc@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090, potts@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.