Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts Hosts Mid-century Modern Exhibition:British Bolts

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts newest exhibit, BRITISH BOLTS: Artist’s Fabrics of the Mid-Century,  is now open to the general public.  Curated from the the extensive private collection of H. Kirk Brown III and Jill A Wiltse, BRITISH BOLTS is an intimate look at the variety of aesthetic influences and approaches of men and women designers during the Mid-20th-century, specifically in post-World War II Britain.   During this period, as a way of recovery and looking toward the future, the textile industry in post-World War II Britain changed dramatically with the promotion of better-quality “national” design through artist-designed textiles.
Lucienne Day : Apollo 1950s

As you can guess, the completed designs were both bold and innovative in that they captured the quality of brush-stroked color.  Mid-20th-century artists included in the collection at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts include male designers Terence Conran, Henry Moore, John Piper, and William Scott and female designers such as Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag, Marian Mahler and Paule VézelayTerence Conran, Marino Marini, Henry Moore, John Piper, William Scott, Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Paule Vézelay.

British Bolts will be on view through Aug. 27, 2011.

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is located at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. Hours of are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, directions or to arrange a group tour, contact the Ruth Funk Center at (321) 674-8313, email, or visit:


Florida Tech’s Ruth Funk Center is the only textiles center in the state and one of very few in the nation. The center preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs. Highlighting the collection are traditional handmade textiles, embroidery, garments and related accessories from Africa, Japan, India and Central Asia; European and North American embroidery, lace and samplers from the 17th through the 20th centuries; and contemporary wearable art and fiber arts.


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