Escanaba fiber artist exhibits work at Bonifas

Courtesy photo Carol Irving strings a loom.
Courtesy photo Fiber pieces by Carol Irving featuring Michigan’s endangered wildflowers, which will be featured at the Bonifas Arts Center now through Feb. 22.

ESCANABA — Carol Irving currently divides her time between her family, a working studio, and as an accountant for a growing computer services company. When she is not calculating numbers for her job she can be found in her weaving studio calculating what she will need to create her next project. Of her latest exhibit, which is on display the Bonifas Arts Center’s lower gallery now through Feb. 22, Irving said:

This exhibit is the culmination of a year and half’s worth of work. “A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers” is like a journey, connecting me to my roots of botanical studies and love of plants and wildflowers. I have accepted the challenge: turning woven yarn into soil, forest litter, plants and leaves. Concerned for the future of all threatened species, Michigan’s wildflowers are near and dear to me. Michigan has many unique habitats and is home to many endangered and special species of plants. This woven series of Michigan’s endangered wildflowers will bring attention to their threatened and sometimes endangered status.

Michigan has many unique habitats and is home to many endangered and special species of plants. This exhibit will include twelve handwoven wall hangings, bringing attention to Michigan’s endangered wildflower species. These Wall Hangings represent a new direction in my work, drawing on my education in botanical sciences and love of my natural surroundings. This entry is a reflection of my interests, travels and research in the botanical world of Michigan. With this entry I hope to bring attention to Michigan’s many wildflowers and those that we are in danger of losing.

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