Women's Journeys in Fiber - Purse-n-alities

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Process & Development


Marion Beam

Patty Benbow

June Burrows

Madelyn Gaul


Janette Gerber

Alice Jenks

Sheryl Kinney

Mary Krebs Smyth


Cindy Kuo

Kay Lange

Joy Lavrencik

Anita Luvera Mayer


Vivian Morrison

Elizabeth Mini

Virginia Reisner

Jeanne Reed

Sheila Schaeffer-Hirsh

Barbara Schneider

Sally Schoch

Carolyn Seng


Jan Sneesby Aaron

Linda Sorkin Eisenberg 

Loraine Stillman

  (Photos by Cindy Kuo)

Problem - Design a purse using any textile technique of your choosing that tells something about your personality or that of someone you select, (i.e. ... a celebrity, friend, relative). Your project should measure between 8.5" L x 3-4" W x 10.5" H (smallest) to 14" L x 5-8" W x 18" H (largest), these dimensions include handles.

Process & Development - Purses, how do we perceive them? As a fashion statement? As a communication device? What is their form or function? How do we use them? How do different cultures see or use the purse? Who has carried them over the centuries and how or why? What are other names for purses?  Make some notes about how you feel about the purse and materials you might use to construct your project.


December 16, 2006 - January 21, 2007, Lubeznick Center for the Arts. Artists Reception, Saturday, January 13, 2006m, 7-9pm

January 28 - April 2, 2007, Anderson Art Center. Opening, January 28, 2007.

November 1-4, 2007, Chicago Botanic Garden. Opening, Wednesday, November 1, 6:30-9pm.

January 4-27, 2010, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. Artists Reception, January 17, 2010.

January 27 to March 23, 2013 - Anderson Art Center. Opening, January 27, 2013.

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