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Touch: Artspace Fiber Art Exhibit

May 3, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — Artspace will be celebrating the gift of touch with a fiber art exhibit on First Friday, this Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m.

According to a press release from Artspace, many people take for granted the information they receive from their sense of touch. However, an entire art form called “fiber art” has taken shape from this sensation. Fiber art consists of everything from stuffed animal creation to quilting intricate blankets, quilts, or hanging wall pieces all made from yarn, thread or other fibrous materials.

Felecia Clark-Viou will be curating the event, titled “Touch,” and has been a practicing “fiber artist” for more than four decades. Starting out with crochet as a child, she soon put down her crochet hooks to enjoy sewing as a teenager and hasn’t put those needles down since then.

“We (Fiber Artists) discern fiber imperfections,” Clark-Viou said. “We glory in textures. We pull, weave, cut, manipulate, sew, unravel until what is left in their hands acquiesce to our will.”

Clark-Viou, otherwise known as Miss V, takes on a variety of creative challenges, from simple alterations to creating handbags from recycled upholstery fabric to crocheting with new and different materials. She was also a proponent in starting the Needle Art League. This league is an open forum for all those who enjoy any type of needle art. Meetings are on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library.

The Friday event will showcase works by Clark-Viou along with several other artists in a wide variety of fiber mediums.

Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts is located at 717 Franklin St., Michigan City.

—From staff reports