Artist Marianne Fairbanks discusses her work, Impractical Weaving Suggestions, featured in the exhibition, Tie Up, Draw Down. Fairbanks will present her work that explores structures and effects embedded in the intersections of cloth that, because of the small scale, often go unseen and unconsidered. Through drawings and jacquard weavings, Fairbanks poses questions around value, labor, and time. Fairbanks’s approach to color, process, and material offers a fresh and witty point of entry into the dialogue and tension that persists between high vs low, and industrial vs handmade. Fairbanks will also present her newest social practice research called Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions in which the public is invited to come learn to weave and contribute their time to experiments around time, rhythm, process, production, meditation, and pattern structures. While there are no hard answers produced in the lab, the woven cloth serves as poetic evidence of communal production.Marianne Fairbanks is a visual artist, designer, curator and Assistant Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fibers and Material Studies and her BFA from the University of Michigan in Fibers. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, and Museum London, Ontario. Fairbanks is a founding member of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural space in Chicago, and co-founder of Noon Solar, a small business that made wearable solar technology to charge personal electronics. For 10 years she was part of the collaborative art group, JAM. Her current work is focused on the intersections of weaving, mathematics, and technology, and she is conducting collaborative research with a chemist to create a solar textile.This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Tie Up, Draw Down, on view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design from Friday, June 2, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017.Tie Up, Draw Down is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Natalie Campbell and Carissa Carman and organized by CCCD. The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Additional support for Benchspace programming provided by Sara and Bill Morgan.