Project MRC: Artist in Residence to Feature Local Weaver
Columbus, Indiana – Mill Race Center (MRC) will feature local weaver Chris Gustin during its ongoing artist-in-residence program. Gustin’s business and studio, Homestead Weaving Studio, is located in Brown County, Indiana, near the tourist mecca of Nashville. Her unique household items, clothing and hand-woven rugs created from recycled material are always popular items at local art shows. The supplies used for her rugs are byproducts of other industries and are considered scrap. Her mission is to keep this usable material from the waste stream and to turn it into functional fiber art. Custom spinning, dyeing and weaving, and working with clients and interior designers to create commissioned pieces of art are all part of her talents.
In 2008, Gustin was chosen as part of a select group of artists and crafts persons to take part in the Indiana Artisan Development Project (IADP). A joint venture between four State agencies, including the Indiana Arts Commission, the Project was formed to recognize, promote, support, and market the work of exceptional Hoosier artisans as well as value-added food products that are made in Indiana. Individuals selected for the program must undergo a jurying process to ensure only high-quality arts and crafts products are included.
Gustin will demonstrate her craft at Mill Race Center March 3 through 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and will have a variety of looms on display. The public is invited to visit the Center during these times to watch and interact with her. In an effort to support the community-wide effort to promote arts and culture, Project MRC: Artist in Residence was designed to serve as a means to expand the Center’s presence in the community and increase its offerings to its members as well as showcase the work of artists in a setting that encourages community participation.