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Exhibition Notes, Number 4, 1998. Artists who use fiber as their medium have offered up images to artists with paint on their hands for millennia: images of human beings, propositions about the natural world, and an abstract formal language of potent and unrelenting power. The rotating exhibitions of Asian textiles in The RISD Museum’s collection offer the opportunity to visit an extraordinarily well stocked and organized attic of collective memory. These textiles are tickets to travel through time and space. Through them we can meditate in a Zen garden, embroider the afternoon away, accept a dinner invitation from a high official, examine a palace paradise, fly with a dragon. The depths, the surfaces, the rhythms, the stories, the colors, the iconography, the implications as source and inspiration all seem unlimited, overwhelming.

Ten artists were asked to look, to study, to feel, to respond, to be part of the fabric. They have individually selected works from The RISD Museum’s Asian textile collection and in dialogue with their choices have produced their own artwork. Each artist’s selection and the resulting creation are displayed together in this exhibition. As a teaching method and an adventure, I hope that this show encourages every student and every viewer to see the Asian textile collection, decorative arts, and the Museum as an irresistible set of experiences upon which to draw.

Publication Date

Fall 10-1-1998

Document Type



Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design


Providence, Rhode Island


RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Asian Textiles


Art and Design | Fashion Design

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Drawn from the Collection: Part of the Fabric