Savannah College of Art and Design M.F.A. Fibers Thesis Show
by Caroline E. Hughes
May 25, 2019 - June 19, 2019


Influenced by the ideas of the Craftsman Movement, SCAD M.F.A. Fibers Candidate Caroline Hughes’ work includes woven and wrapped textile work, which reposition past forms and describe phenomenological landscapes. Her technical skill and knowledge of historic textiles work through questions of capability, artifact, tacit knowledge, obsolescence, and the narratives connected to the places of craft practice.

“I am interested in craft, craftsmanship and the ability of objects and activities to transcend the sum of their parts, and become singularly engaging to the viewer. I have a personal connection to craft which was nurtured and developed from childhood. Skill sets involved in farming and textile work have been built and maintained through the generations, and these in form foundational concepts. My ideas are not nostalgic, but rather representative of the out-of-time life I live. For any society, the role of the past is to bring understanding to current conclusions and help advance towards the future. Joined with a connection to place, this idea becomes individually meaningful. The field of craft arrests attention through its supposed out-of-placeness in a world of mass replication. By nature, crafted objects hold tangible connection to personal past, because they do not exist independently of the skill required to produce them. I believe in craft that extends past artifact since the craftsman, through active engagement, synthesizes a mindset of excellence with their daily life. With weaving, wrapping, spinning, dying, and embroidery, I consider the role of the craftsman, the function of fine craft, the role of the maker, the aggregation of human knowledge and experience in the everyday, and the reciprocative natures of craft and landscape. These topics help me to understand what the role of the object I produce is in the world in which it necessarily exists.”
- Caroline Hughes, M.F.A. Fibers Graduate Student

Schedule of Events

M.F.A. Thesis Show Gallery Talk
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Opening Reception
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Photopoint Gallery (30 Cherokee Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324)
Located inside Elmgren’s Garden Center

Who: Open and free to the general public

Complete Show Dates:
25 May 2019 - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Artist Information
Artist: Caroline Hughes
Instagram: @carol_e_hughes