The Felt Art of Janice Arnold ’78 on Exhibit during Return to Evergreen


Palace Yurt on display in the Evergreen Gallery, main floor, Library Building during Return to Evergreen.

Update: Tacoma News Tribune ran a nice story on Janice Arnold’s exhibit now showing in the Evergreen Gallery.

Return to Evergreen Highlight: By happy coincidence, the work of Janice Arnold ’78 will be on display this Saturday in The Evergreen Gallery, Library building, main floor. The exhibit, “Palace Yurt: Deconstructed,” continues through December 11, 2013.

The dreamily diaphanous installation has the twin effects of soothing the mind while igniting the imagination. It also offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of textile art –  how such works come to be,  from inspiration to raw materials, technical drawings and logistics, culminating in the final artistic manifestation.palace-yurt-deconstructed-postcard-image

Janice Arnold ’78 has pushed the artistic boundaries of handmade felt for more than 10 years. Her massive installation, “Palace Yurt,” a contemporary translation of traditional Mongolian structures, was the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2009 “Fashioning Felt” exhibition in New York.

Once you see this exhibit, you will want to hear from the artist herself. Happily, Janice will speak on campus Wednesday, November 20 at 11:30 as part of this year’s “Artist Lecture Series.” The Artist Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

One thought on “The Felt Art of Janice Arnold ’78 on Exhibit during Return to Evergreen

  1. Great description of the exhibition! It is such a delight to share this “Deconstructed” view first with TESC and to spend time on campus, now that it is all grown up with a real gallery. It makes me reflect back to my senior show – an exhibit of hand batiked fabrics which designed and created in the form of a walk-in environment. It was installed in a space just inside the library which has since disappeared during a renovation.

    Compliments to the college staff for their patience and cooperation during the installation of this show. I know I asked to do things that were really outside the norm, and consequently charted some new territory. While there were some challenging moments, we got through them thanks to a collaborative spirit, and willing creative minds. I am honored and pleased with the result.

    And a special thanks to the students and friends who helped on the Reed Screen component. Not only is it a very lovely addition to the exhibition, it has allowed me to create and test a concept for student involved future projects when this exhibition travels.

    On a personal note, I’d like to mention I am married to Stan Klyne, who taught here from 1972-1984. Our son Loren Klyne is now a senior at TESC. Loren assisted me in making many of the pieces in the original Palace Yurt project and if you look carefully you’ll see his younger self in images in the show!

    Evergreen in a family affair!

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