Lenore Tawney at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation celebrates the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s rich history of innovation through an unprecedented look inside the FWM’s Artists-in-Residence Program. Artist Boxes bursting with notes, sketches, tests, prototypes and ephemera by 84 of the nearly 400 Artists-in-Residence are currently on view, along with many of the finished works produced during the residencies.

Lenore Tawney was an Artist-in-Residence in 1982, early in this history, and the exhibition includes both her Artist Box and completed Cloud Garment and Ear Pillow. These pieces occupy a unique place in Tawney’s work. In 1982, she had just completed the installation of her second architectural commission, Cloud VI, in Cleveland, Ohio. She had also been creating her own unique garments for years. These two aspects of Tawney’s practice coalesce in Cloud Garment, a conceptual piece that evokes the feeling of wrapping oneself in a cloud.

Lenore Tawney with Cloud Garment, Fabric Workshop, 1982

With Process and Practice, the FWM offers a unique view of the creative process and of its own singular history. The exhibition remains on view through March 25, 2018.

Lenore Tawney’s Artist Box, Cloud Garment, and Ear Pillow in Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum