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January 31, 2012

APSU art exhibit explores relationship between text and textiles

Cynthia Marsh

Before the appearance of printed books, stories and personal histories were set down on hand-embroidered fabrics. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that the word “text,” is derived from the Latin word “textus,” which means “to weave.”

The fascinating  connection between the two words is the subject of a new art exhibit at Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery: “Text and Textiles (A SAMPLER).”

Paul Collins

The exhibition opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 13. Curators Cynthia Marsh, APSU professor of art, and Paul Collins, Trahern Gallery director, intend to present works by contemporary artists that have referenced the historic and, or vernacular use of text and textiles into their creative practices.

“Many contemporary artists that use materials and techniques relating to historic fabric design also use text as an important element in their work,” Marsh said. “Quilts, for example, have a long history of using text for various political or documentary purposes.”

The Text and Textiles exhibit runs through Feb. 29 and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Collins at

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