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FELT DeCoded - Funding for Exhibition-Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco

by Janice Arnold


FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology is the first large solo exhibition by internationally known visual and fiber artist Janice Arnold, hosted by The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA from February 11 through June 4, 2017.

Arnold’s FELT DeCoded is a visual and immersive exploration of art and science with a step-by-step material and process study that shows an intimate perspective of Wool as Nature’s Technology -- a fiber not replicable by man-made materials. Unmatched in scope and magnitude, FELT DeCoded combines tactile interactivity with art and education to create an exhibit that is the first of its kind.

Arnold’s comprehensive body of textile works demonstrate a fusion between traditional and industrial processes with a modern aesthetic to create art that evokes a sense of wonder and comfort. FELT DeCoded reveals the differences between industrial and handmade felt, two radically differing processes that utilize the same fiber with completely individual results. Working on a massive scale that unfolds throughout a three-part gallery experience, FELT DeCoded highlights the unexpected beauty and versatility of FELT, offering visitors the opportunity to learn, explore, contemplate, and engage with wool and felt in many forms. 

Over the past year people and communities have donated time and effort to make the vision of FELT DeCoded a reality. Designing and creating an exhibition of this scale requires substantial resources. The museum has provided a modest artists' honorarium, but the scope of the exhibition and cost to achieve it has grown substantially.

Hatchfund is a not-for-profit funding platform specifically designed for qualified artists. It gives donors the opportunity to make fully tax deductible donations. The target goal for this Hatchfund Campaign is $38,000. This amount will help cover some of the raw materials, fabrication support and building costs for complex pieces, additional studio space, equipment, rights and use fees for photographic images, as well as studio support, exhibition and historical research assistants. If donations exceed the target, a stretch goal will provide additional funds that will be dedicated to the design and production of a 64-page hardcover book by Lucia | Marquand Books ($22,000) featuring inspiration, process and finished pieces from several of Arnold’s projects and installations including the work in FELT DeCoded. Any additional funds, over and above the stretch goal would go toward the process of promoting FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology as a potential traveling exhibition. Therefore, bringing the science, wonder of wool and FELT to new venues and wider audiences.

Thank you for your time and consideration!