A few weeks ago I had a Zoom interview with Kasey from the Laramie County Library. Kasey was gathering information for a blog post she would write about my library exhibition, Textile Stories. She did a great job capturing what the exhibit portrays and how it seamlessly connects with what the library is all about. Read the selected passages below and you'll want to follow the link and read the whole post! I've said it before and I'll say it again.... Cheyenne has a great library!
"Choosing textiles as her medium is what makes Rowswell’s art so unique, and so layered with meaning. The materials themselves are woven with stories, stories of how the piece of clothing came to Rowswell and stories of who made the piece of clothing to begin with.
The idea of knowing someone’s story, gathering information about their background and investing time and effort in learning more about them fits perfectly within the confines of a library, a place dedicated to the continual pursuit of knowledge and the dissemination of stories. Like Rowswell’s exhibit, the library harbors personal stories, local stories, universal stories, and global stories."
“I love a good charity shop, especially when I’m travelling. When I’m going to cold places, I take nothing — just underwear. On my way from the airport, I ask the driver to take me to a good charity shop, and I buy boots, socks, trousers, jumpers, sweaters, hats and scarves — usually for £30 … (about $40 US ) On the way back to the airport, I have it all in a big bag and drop it off at another charity shop.” —Helen Mirren The Sunday Express, August 2010
This is my kind of woman! I also love to head to "charity" or thrift shops when I travel. They're like archeological digs. They give you clues to the region you are visiting and you never know what treasures you'll find for mere pennies or shillings!
Thrifts are my primary "art supply" stores. They are bursting with the colors, textures and patterns I need to create my work. I started the Thrift Life Ring Series as a way to delve deeper into the stories, the people and the missions connected to individual shops. Research, interviews and the textiles purchased from each store layer together to tell stories through textiles. To date I have made Rings for three thrift stores. They are currently on exhibition at the Laramie County Library till February 14th 2021. Stay tuned for details on each!