Textile Center announces
a new exhibition in the Studio and Community Galleries
Featuring the Work of Artist Douglas K. Limon
May 1 - July 3, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 6 - 8 pm
with a Native American Drum Group featuring Grass Dancer Gavino
and an artist talk by Douglas K. Limon
Limon Bandolier Bags
Limon sews thousands of tiny glass beads onto a variety of materials
to make a statement--not only as art--but also to preserve the history
and culture of his Native American ancestors. His exquisite beadwork
is a spiritual expression of traditions that have survived thousands
of years. Turtle Voices includes Limon's signature Turtle medallions,
beaded cradleboards, and Bandolier bags.
Doug Limon is the 2012 recipient of the Minnie Jackson Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture
and Lifeways for demonstrating a lifetime of traditional art perpetuation.
In 2014, the First Peoples Fund Jennifer Easton Community Spirit
award was given to Limon for his commitment to sustaining the cultural
values of Native people.
Doug Limon Artist Statement of Background
"My primary medium of art is traditional and contemporary beadwork.
I learned to bead the traditional way. My mother taught me how to
bead on a loom in 1965 when I was five years old. I eventually taught
myself the appliqué style of beadwork. My work has evolved
over the years from traditional functional beadwork starting with
wristbands, headbands, belts, bags, moccasins, and medallions. My
most recent work includes cradleboards and Bandolier Bags. I have
experimented for over fifty years in beadwork traditions while transforming
my creations into contemporary wall art. My signature design is
a Turtle with a unique piece for the shell. Through the use of various
contemporary materials I create one-of-a-kind pieces. I bead directly
on to art paper. The finished work is matted and framed ready to
Limon Turtle Voices
I also designed my son's Grass Dance regalia when he was 14
months. I beaded his yoke, headband and belt. I also supervised
my family members that worked together to bead his aprons. We completed
his regalia in 7 days. In 2013, I completed another grass dance
regalia for him to grow into. In 2009, I made my first cradleboard
or dikinagan. My Cradleboard design is a traditional Anishisnabe
style with the exception of the beaded inlay. I have incorporated
my beadwork into the backboard of the dikinagan....The major goal
for the 2011 Cradleboard project was to revitalize the endangered
tradition. I accomplished this by not only bringing light to this
fading cultural tradition but by teaching four individuals how to
make a cradleboard for their family. They pay for the materials
and promise to teach someone else to make a cradleboard. I am also
teaching a cradleboard workshop at the Leech Lake Tribal Community
College. The beadwork on the cradleboards were the largest pieces
I made at the time. They are ten inches in diameter.
The 2012 ... Bandolier Bag Project entailed making two bandolier
bags. One was a Community Bandolier Bag, everyone in Minnesotans
was invited to bead on the bag. We had over 400 people participate
from 6 years old to 70+, male and female. The other bandolier bag
I made by myself. I beaded the mirror image of the Community Bandolier
Bag design. This is the largest single beadwork piece I have made
Textile Center, in partnership with Douglas K. Limon, is a fiscal
year 2015 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from
the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by
the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts
Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State
Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Textile Center exhibitions are supported in part with funds from
the Joan Mondale Endowment.
About Textile Center
Textile Center is unique as America's only national center for fiber
art. Now in its 21st year, it was originally formed by a group of
fiber artists and arts patrons desiring a place to come together and
celebrate the region's vibrant textile community. Fiber art encompasses
a wide range of forms, both creative and crafted, including weaving,
quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, needlework, lace making,
basketry, beading, soft sculpture and multi-media pieces.
The community resources of Textile Center include classes for all
ages and skill levels, exceptional fiber art exhibitions, an artisan
shop, professional-grade dye lab, natural dye garden, and the largest
circulating textile library in the nation. The facility serves as
a hub where people come together to create, learn, share, explore,
and be inspired by fiber art.
Textile Center's mission is to honor textile traditions and
promote excellence and innovation in fiber art.
GALLERY AND SHOP HOURS
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Friday - Saturday 12 - 5 pm
Free and Open to the Public
||This activity is made possible by the voters
of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating
Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from
the arts and cultural heritage fund.