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A tapestry of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol is on display to the public for the first time in the UK as part of "Love Is Enough," an exhibition exploring the similarities between William Morris and Andy Warhol curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller; at Modern Art Oxford from December 6th until 8th March 2015.

The work was presented by Charles Slatkin Galleries in 1968 as part of the "American Tapestries" exhibition, in which the gallery invited a group of contemporary artists to submit designs for tapestries. Warhol gave this Marilyn design, which was hand woven into a woolen tapestry for the exhibition.

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Welcome to the plush world of fiber sculptures, all knit, woven and crocheted from wool, rope, linen, the works.

"Everything's ready-made materials, you know, a lot of it is really over-the-counter materials," fiber artist Sheila Pepe said.

In a new show at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, fiber hangs or cascades from the ceiling, flops on the floor and dangles down the elevator shaft.

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Monday, 20 January 2014 17:42

American Textile Museum Receives Major Gift

The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA has received a major gift of $1 million from the late G. Gordon Osborne and his wife, Marjorie, who passed away last year. Gordon Osborne was a longtime supporter of the institution and played a pivotal role in establishing its research library. Prior to the $1 million bequest, which will go towards the museum’s endowment fund, the Osbornes had donated an additional $1.5 million to the institution.

The American Textile History Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and aims to tell America’s story through the art, history and science of textiles. The museum’s vast collection includes tools, spinning wheels, hand looms, early production machines, textile prints, fabric samples, hooked rugs, handwoven linens, costumes and textile-related decorative arts objects.     

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