Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Florida Tech Hosts Fiber Artist Lecture and Workshop March 27-28


Florida Institute of Technology will host Anita Luvera Mayer, contemporary artist and designer, in the next Friends of Textiles Lecture Series March 27. The lecture, “The Creative Journey,” is at 6 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on campus; a reception starts at 5:15. The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts will remain open until 5 p.m. on March 27 to celebrate the opening of Luvera Mayer’s companion exhibit in the center’s mezzanine.

Luvera Mayer will also lead a workshop, “Clothing from Simple Shapes,” March 28 at the Renee Foosaner Education Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her exhibit will be at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts until April 28.

Luvera Mayer is a designer of contemporary clothing inspired by ethnic originals with finishes and embellishments done by hand. Her work has been included in national and international exhibits. She is the author of five books and frequently presents articles in major fiber publications.

“I believe that there should be something magical and unique about what is worn each day,” Luvera Mayer said. “I share this concept of clothing through my workshops and lectures.”

Luvera Mayer’s lecture on March 27 highlights her personal journey as a self-taught fiber artist. She will discuss the challenges she faced in the creative process, in identifying inspiration and how she translated her ideas into art.

Her workshop on March 28 presents the specific methods for creating wearable contemporary garments constructed from simple shapes. The style of garment, fit, color, fiber, pattern drafting and embellishment are presented along with ways to individualize clothing. The styles that enhance various body shapes and the philosophy involved in designing for different personalities and lifestyles are integral parts of this workshop.

There will be an opportunity at the workshop to examine and try on Luvera Mayer’s woven wardrobe as well as an exploration of simple yet dramatic ways to individualize clothing using mirrors, wrapped rings and beading.

Individual tickets for the lecture cost $10 each for the general public and are free to Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and full-time students. For more information, call the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at (321) 674-8313 or visit http://textiles.fit.edu.The workshop cost is $110 for FOT members and $125 for the general public. To register and for more information, call the Foosaner Education Center at (321) 254-7782 or visit http://foosanerartmuseum.org/art-workshops.php.

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