ArtsFebruary 9, 2012 at 5:30 am

Material Arts

Take advantage of the surge in unconventional media hitting Philly this month.

Textile Art: A Lifelong Collection
Art on the Avenue
3808 Lancaster Ave.
Feb. 10, 5–8 p.m.

Art on the Avenue’s exhibition compiles a collection of textile–based works from around the globe. Spanning three continents, these garments and ornaments are the result of 45 years of travels and experiences of the gallery’s staff. Artists from South and Central America, Asia and Africa weave and embroider their stories into beautiful works that are profoundly personal in function and medium alike.

In Material Fiber
Arthur Ross Gallery
220 S. 34th St.
Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

The first round of midterms is upon us and you’re looking for a culturally enriching procrastination experience. Arthur Ross Gallery, located right next to Fisher Fine Arts, is calling your name with an exhibition displaying works constructed from various fibers. From baskets made of hair to delicately woven banners hanging from the ceiling, these creations illustrate the surprising versatility of this unusual medium.

Crochet Rag Rug Workshop
Cloth & Bobbin
235 Haverford Ave., Narberth
Feb. 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Fee: $66.00
Visit–rugs/ for directions and to register.

Feeling inspired? Brighten up that drab dorm room of yours with a crochet rug. Better yet? Learn how to make one yourself! Flannel shirts are so last season, but rugs made out of your so–last–season flannel shirts are so this season. Requiring around 10 yards of cloth and three hours of manual labor, this workshop will take your crochet skills to the next level, even if you’re just learning the basics.

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