Weaver Chris Gustin is the featured artist at The Gallery in Hotel Indigo from April 4 through May 31. The exhibit which is entitled “Weave Me Tomorrow Out of Today” is in honor of Earth Day, which is April 22. A special meet-the-artist reception is scheduled on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The public is invited to meet Chris whose entire exhibit is made from repurposed material. She has been committed to using recycled materials in her weavings for many years.
Chris and Bob Gustin were still newlyweds when they attended the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington. For Bob, it was a chance to see some of his favorite folk singers and songwriters. For Chris, it would become a life-changing event.
Expo ’74 was the first World’s Fair with an environmental theme, and something caught her eye. “There was a patchwork ‘crazy quilt’ on display that read ‘Recycle and Re-use,’” she recalls. “Seeing that quilt made me think about what I could do to help the environment and that has had a life-long impact on me and my weaving.”
In an effort to find materials that she could recycle into her weaving, she has cultivated diverse sources such as thrift shops, sock factories, bedding manufacturers, weaving mills and even scrap dealers.
Chris says she and her husband believe, “The future of the planet is in our hands. We practice recycling in our personal lives and in our business. We specialize in making rugs from recycled material, helping the environment by keeping reusable goods out of landfills.”
This exhibition is recycling, Chris Gustin style. Factory waste becomes an artistic statement and a practical everyday item.
For additional information about this or future exhibits, please visit www.cmadart.org.