In a climate of global war and sharpening socio-economic and political division, Peace Begins Here is an unabashed invitation to hope. The exhibition explores peace in all its dimensions-challenging the cynicism, apathy, ignorance and self-indulgence within us all. By juxtaposing practical ideas with thought-provoking illustration, Peace Begins Here compels viewers to pause, to look more deeply, and to dare each of us to be part of the solution.
Ray Materson’s miniature embroideries are a triumph of the impossible: that a man could excel at an overwhelmingly female art form; that an addict and felon could find redemption and great success in stitching; that a self-taught artist could make it big in the art world, going against the prevailing dictum that bigger is better; that the handmade could be greatly valued in the age of the computer; and that something so beautiful could be fashioned from old socks.
This annual installation, timed to coincide with University Picnic Day, is a lively survey of student talent and creativity that reflects the multi-disciplinary breadth of the Design Program’s course work.
Recent contributions to the Design Collection from the late Professor Daniel Crowley demonstrate the creativity and beauty of ethnic textile traditions. These extraordinary objects collected during his many expeditions to regions of Africa, South America and Asia represent the aesthetic attitudes and techniques that continue to influence contemporary design and living.