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Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

September 1, 2009

From Ellen Lindner, August 29

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts Opens in Melbourne, FL

Last night I went to the dedication of the new Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, here in Melbourne. It’s on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology and it’s fabulous! The two story building includes high tech textile storage facilities, and over 3000 square feet of exhibition space.

The current exhibit is called “Coat Couture: Inspiration to Creation,” and it’s on display through December 29th, 2009. This exhibit is really worthwhile, and it’s made even more so by the fact that it’s free! It’s a combination of Ruth’s own wearable art, and ethnic textiles that she has collected over decades. The latter includes 16th century kimono, 20th century African garb, and many more interesting pieces.

Not only is Ruth Funk a generous benefactor to the university, but she’s also a talented artist. She creates exotic jackets, using many of the materials she’s collected over the years: panels from a variety of countries, embellished with shells, seeds, bones, feathers, and more.

All of this is definitely worth seeing. Especially if you’re already heading to Vero Beach to see the “Rooted in Tradition” exhibit in Vero Beach. The two stops would make an excellent outing.

More info on this exhibit, the center, directions, etc. at http://textiles.fit.edu (Photos show the previous temporary home of the textile collection.) You may also be interested in this article in Florida Today newspaper: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20090828/LIFE/908280310/Coats+of+many+colors

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