2018-07-19 / Community News

Engine features work of textile designer

Engine will host the opening of “Process to Product: The Work of Elizabeth Whelan,” an exhibition of work by textile designer Elizabeth Whelan, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 during the Biddeford, Saco ArtWalk. The exhibition will run through Sept. 22.

Elizabeth Whelan, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has designed textiles for clients such as Humanscale, Nike, Tumi, Knoll and Spinneybeck. The exhibition will showcase Whelan’s process as well as samples of textiles she’s developed and products made from her textiles, intending to provide a look at the work behind creating a textile for production. Whelan is often asked, “What does a textile designer do?” Whelan answers, “I design from the ground up, and the result is that I have created custom designs and weave constructions that go into in global large-scale production. My intent with this exhibition is to show the components of creating a textile design: drawings, material studies, weave drafts, color studies, woven samples, colorways and final product.”

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