Tie Up, Draw Down

Friday, June 2, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017


Opening Reception: Friday, June 2 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Curator’s talk 7:30 pm

90% of weaving happens before thread ever touches the loom. Indeed, the accumulation of warp over weft is only one of many actions, including drafting/design, winding, measuring, looping, counting, dyeing, knotting, setting tension, and others. These actions formed the inspiration and starting point for this exhibition.

Tie Up, Draw Down explores weaving as a source for experimentation across media, genres, concept, and scale. Of the fifteen contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many hybridize weaving technologies, weave “the wrong way,” or adapt and innovate weaving processes to encompass new media. Others do not weave at all, but find a rich avenue of inquiry within aspects or stages of weaving’s complex field.

Artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Joell Baxter, Jen Bervin, Francesca Capone, Liz Collins, Marianne Fairbanks, Del Harrow, Sheila Hicks, LoVid, John Paul Morabito, Danielle Mysliwiec, Meghan Price, Molly Smith, Laurel Sparks, and Margo Wolowiec.

Tie Up, Draw Down is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Natalie Campbell and Carissa Carman and organized by CCCD.

The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Additional support for Benchspace programming provided by Sara and Bill Morgan.


Cover Image: Sheila Hicks, Torsade I, 2011, Paper, 15 x 8 inches. 38.1 x 20.3 cm (c) Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. , New York.


The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong pilot program created to give emerging curators a platform for exploring and testing new ideas about craft. For its inaugural year, three teams of Curatorial Fellows were selected out of a total of 54 applications.

Each team received a $5,000 honorarium, access to professional development tools, mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with the other Curatorial Fellows and CCCD staff to produce their exhibition, develop educational materials, design an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk. The selected exhibitions were first mounted in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, located in Asheville, North Carolina, during the 2017 exhibition season.


Carissa Carman

Carissa Carman’s interdisciplinary artwork incorporates social practice directed by the construction, design, and usability of specialty objects and services. Originally from California, Carman earned her BA from the University of California Chico (2001) and her MFA in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University, Montreal (2012). She has received residencies and grants from Women’s Studio Workshop, Andy Warhol Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York Council of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has presented widely in New York City, Seattle, Florida, Montreal, Sackville, Cuba, Italy, and France. She is currently a Professor in Textiles at Indiana University Bloomington.

Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell is an independent curator and arts worker active in DC and New York. She studied Art History at Hunter College CUNY and currently is a lecturer in Art History at the Corcoran School of Arts + Design at George Washington University. She has curated exhibitions at venues including Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, the Center for Book Arts, New York, as well as numerous temporary, collaborative, and publication-based projects outside of traditional exhibition spaces. In addition to the CCCD exhibition, she is currently co-organizing exhibitions for the American University Art Museum (DC); Washington Project for the Arts (DC); and a public art/activism action outside the White House in fall 2016.


All events are free and open to the public (suggested donation $3-5)
Registration recommended, drop-ins welcome

Opening Reception and Curators’ Talk
Friday, June 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Curators’ tour at 7:30 pm
Reception and exhibition talk with 2017 Curatorial Fellows Carissa Carman & Natalie Campbell.

Artist Brunch
Saturday, June 3, 11 am
Casual brunch and exhibition discussion with a select group of featured artists.

Tie Up, Draw Down Echoview Fiber Mill Tour
Saturday, June 16, 2-3 pm
Tour of Echoview, an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub. Participants meet at Echoview, 76 Jupiter Rd., Weaverville, NC. Space is limited, registration is required.

Tie Up, Draw Down Salon: Lines
Saturday, June 24, 4 – 6 pm
Discussion around themes of the exhibition and book, Lines: A Brief History by Tim Ingold. Refreshments will be served. No reading necessary prior to the event.

Marianne Fairbanks Artist Talk
Thursday, August 3, 6:30 pm
Artist lecture by Marianne Fairbanks about featured work, Impractical Weaving Suggestions.

Downtown Art District Gallery Nights
Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will stay open until 8 pm, 1st Fridays April-December.




Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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