Friday, August 28, 2015

Light and Shadow: Contemporary Fiber Art by Hye Shin September 19 – December 12, 2015

 Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

  • NAME of event:  Light and Shadow: Contemporary Fiber Art by Hye Shin
  • DATE of event: September 19 – December 12, 2015
  • TIME of event: Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00; Sat. 12:00-4:00
  • LOCATION of event: Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
  • ADDRESS of the location: Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901
  • PHONE NUMBER for public use:  321-674-8313

Born and raised in South Korea, the contemporary fiber artist Hye Shin is known for her large, richly textured wall hangings. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in galleries throughout Florida and the nation. Shin has been teaching at Crealdé School of Art since 2002 and is the founder of the Focus on Fiber Art initiative.  The Center is pleased to present Shin’s wall hangings, embroidery and large-scale sculpture as well as a site-specific installation during fall 2015.

Nature is a primary source of inspiration in Shin’s body of work; rather than conveying a literal representation of it, her abstract weavings and atmospheric installations are focused on expressing a sense of place, mood or feeling.  “When I struggle with my life, I am drawn toward nature…that inspires me with a beautiful and poignant dialogue.” This dialogue results in the transformation of source material into condensed geometrical constructions.

The pieces created for this exhibition are characterized by the dichotomy of the natural world (light vs. shadow, sadness vs. joy, life vs. death and recovery). The artist believes these qualities are inherent to nature and critical to understanding and appreciating its beauty. 

Shin’s artistic process is characterized by layered weaving and expressive surface design. She knits, sews, dyes, and manipulates contrasting materials including linen, horsehair, and paper in attempt to convey the balance that can be achieved through fiber art.


The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is the only textiles center in the state of Florida and one of very few in the nation.  The Center preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, FL at 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (321) 674-8313.

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