Vesterheim “Collections Connection” Session: Carol Colburn on “Inside Handwoven Dresses”

If you have time to zoom this week, I highly recommend Carol Colburn’s dive into the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum’s collection (Wednesday, October 13, 12 noon), when she will discuss dresses made with hand-woven fabric. Not only is she a warm and engaging speaker, her credentials as a researcher are deep. This is her biography from her recent article in the Norwegian Textile Letter.

Carol Colburn’s background in Theater, Art History/Museology, and Human Ecology/Textiles has led her to study textile and clothing history from many perspectives. Her interest in Norwegian-American clothing has led to projects and publications inspired by the collections at Vesterheim Museum, including the article reproduced here by the Norwegian Textile Letter. Now living in Duluth, Minnesota she continues to delve into clothing history, with a focus on Scandinavian handwoven garment traditions. She teaches heritage sewing workshops at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. 

Online – Collection Connections: Inside Handwoven Dresses

Wednesday, October 13 (Noon-1:00pm CT) with Carol Colburn

Level of Instruction: All are welcome.
Tuition: $0.00 Members $0.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with clothing designer, artisan, and historian Carol Colburn as she examines dresses made from handwoven fabric. She will highlight objects from the Vesterheim collection, including several garments dating from the 1860s. This event is open to both practicing fiber artists and folk-art enthusiasts alike.

Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations featuring beloved folk-art school instructors. Spotlighting the incredible collection of folk art at Vesterheim, these conversations are opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community. Each event will highlight a piece or several from the museum’s collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist.

CLICK HERE to register for this event through Zoom.

And if you can’t attend this week, you can look forward to viewing it on the Vesterheim Youtube channel in the future.

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