Weaving to Inform: Using Craft to Convey Socially Critical Data
In this artist talk, Kim Mirus will share her work as a weaver, educator and craftsperson. Originally a metalsmith, her circuitous path to becoming a weaver was led by her passion for sustainable materials, her commitment to craft practices and the logic of looms. Mirus travels to discover how diverse people make choices that impact the planet, to learn new perspectives on sustainability and social justice, and to find inspiration in varied natural environments.
Presently she is weaving work about a wide variety of issues, from glacial retreat to youth incarceration and from responsible animal husbandry to the changing climate. Woven pieces are not only a way to explore these difficult topics while preserving a traditional craft, but she has also found they are an approachable way to interest others in discussing complex issues.
About the speaker
Mirus is an artist and craftsperson currently creating woven visualizations of environmental and human rights statistics. As an artist and an educator, she values teaching as much as she appreciates creating work. She earned a BFA in crafts, a BA in art education and a National Board Certification for teaching art. She has had the privilege to teach art to students who were incarcerated and on probation, and she is also grateful for her opportunities to teach courses at the Crucible and Penland School of Crafts.
Mirus has earned various scholarships and grants, including a Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship and the Personal Development Grant from the Surface Design Association. She has completed artist residencies and research at the Icelandic Textile Center, the Association of Icelandic Visual Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Pentaculum) and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
Mirus’ lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Art and Visual Culture.