Join us for our monthly Artist Guild meeting! On March 25, we will welcome fiber artist, Christine Manges to speak about “The History of Rug Braiding in America – It’s More Than You Think”
If you think of rug braiding as a dusty old rug in your grandmother’s house…you don’t know much about rug braiding. Rug Braiding has risen from its “peasant craft” origins to become a medium for beautiful works of textile art. Christine will give a talk that pulls in such diverse elements as the Shaker Community, Abraham Lincoln’s mother, the Cooperative Extension Service, the WPA, Harmony Hammond’s use of rug braiding as a theme in Lesbian Art, and the Oneida utopian community and Jessie Kinsley’s silk braided tapestries.
Christine Manges is a rug braiding artist living in Edgewood, PA. Her work is on exhibit at the Shwenkfelder Museum (Pennsburg, PA), and she has exhibited at ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) and Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio and New England Braids, Methuen, MA. She recently curated an exhibit: “Contemporary Braided Art Rugs,” which has traveled to Ohio, Vermont, and will travel to the Schwenkfelder Museum in March. She runs a Rug Challenge and a Conference every year in Bethlehem, PA, and coauthored the book, Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding, Schiffer Publishing, 2011.