Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations between the museum’s collections staff and folk art school instructors. Highlighting the incredible folk-art collection at Vesterheim, these conversations are also opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each gathering will highlight a piece or two from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. The online gathering will also include the opportunity for the small group of participants to show and share what you’re working on in the safe way we can – digitally!
Share your lunch break with folk art instructor and fiber artist, Kate Martinson, and Vesterheim Collections Manager, Jennifer Kovarik, as they highlight mittens from the Vesterheim collection to to get you thinking about your own cold-weather hand coverings! They’ll look at examples from the collection as well as talk about the symbolism of the mitten and its meaning and importance in Norwegian history. Time at the end will be provided for you to connect with other fiber enthusiasts, ask questions, and share one thing you may be working on during this time of staying home and staying safe.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.
Enrollment Deadline: September 20, 2020
Kate Martinson is Professor Emerita of Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, followed by a M.F.A. at University of Alabama. She began her teaching career at Luther in 1977 and taught classes in weaving, bookmaking, and art education. Kate is an enthusiastic supporter of Vesterheim. She has served on the Vesterheim Board of Trustees and has been a Board officer. She has taught spinning and other textile-related classes throughout the United States and in Norway at Rauland Academy. Kate is known for introducing nålbinding to many American fiber artists.