The Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University (FA&M) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit “Celebrating Creative Hands – Yesterday and Today.” The exhibit features textiles and historical clothing spun, woven, knitted, embroidered and crocheted by hand from the 18th to 21st centuries. The FA&M partnered with the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild to showcase their work and items from the FA&M collection.
“Textile techniques of the past continue to thrive, and the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers are true artisans, bringing traditional practices into the twenty-first century. This exhibit combines their creations and examples of the same techniques from the historic examples drawn from the collection of the Fashion Archives and Museum. This exciting partnership is the FA&M’s first foray into the fiber arts community, and it will definitely not be the last,” said FA&M Director Dr. Karin Bohleke.
The exhibit is open through November 22, 2022.
The Fashion Archives and Museum houses a unique 15,000-item collection of mostly clothing donations dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The clothes and accessories worn by men, women and children assist in expanding the knowledge and understanding of the cultural value as well as the artistic and historical importance of dress. The Fashion Archives and Museum collaborates with faculty and students by providing a dynamic learning environment with hands-on opportunities for students and welcomes the public its exhibits and events. Research inquiries are also welcome.
Masking requirements are in alignment with university policy on the day of a proposed visit. The exhibit is open to groups of fewer than 15 people Monday through Thursday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call (717) 477-1239 or visit fashionarchives.org.