Online - Collection Connections: Inside Handwoven Dresses

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Collection Connections: Inside Handwoven Dresses

Wednesday, October 13 (Noon-1:00pm CT) with Carol Colburn

Level of Instruction
All are welcome.
$0.00 Members
$0.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with clothing designer, artisan, and historian Carol Colburn as she examines dresses made from handwoven fabric. She will highlight objects from the Vesterheim collection, including several garments dating from the 1860s. This event is open to both practicing fiber artists and folk-art enthusiasts alike.

Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations featuring beloved folk-art school instructors. Spotlighting the incredible collection of folk art at Vesterheim, these conversations are opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community. Each event will highlight a piece or several from the museum's collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist.

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About the Instructor

Carol Colburn

Carol Colburn

Carol Colburn’s background in theater, art history/museology, and human ecology/textiles has led her to study textile and clothing history from many perspectives. Her continuing interest in Norwegian-American clothing has resulted in many projects and publications inspired by the collections at Vesterheim Museum. Now living in Duluth, Minnesota, she turns to material culture methodologies for this work, often resulting in hands-on exploration of weave structures, garment cut, and sewing techniques. In addition to researching historical garments for what they tell us today, Carol teaches heritage sewing workshops at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Visit her website -

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