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Last Week to View the Local Industry Cloth at KMA

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Anne Wilson, Local Industry Cloth, 2010

KNOXVILLE – There is only a little more than a week left to view Anne Wilson's Local Industry Cloth at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The 75 foot 9 inch long cloth was made in 2010 by 79 experienced weavers with the help of 2,100 volunteers at the museum.

The Local Industry Cloth was made entirely from donated fibers, most of which were from mills facing closure throughout the southeastern United States. The thread was prepared on hand-crank bobbin winders by visitors to the KMA. Wound bobbins were then used by experienced weavers to compose this single bolt of cloth, made up of only stripes, on one loom inside the gallery space. After its completion, the cloth was donated to the Knoxville Museum of Art by the artist alongside an "Archive of Production" identifying all contributors to Local Industry. The "Archive of Production" is on view alongside the cloth during this exhibition.

The project was organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art and visual artist Anne Wilson to investigate the global crisis of production and skill based textile labor.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World's Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. Admission and parking are free.

Published July 28, 2011

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