Knoxville, Tennessee, is located in the historical heartland of both hand weaving traditions and industrial textile manufacturing in the southeastern United States. Conceived specifically for the Knoxville Museum of Art, Local Industry invited all museum visitors to consider textile production by spending time participating in the making of a woven cloth. Inside the museum factory, rows of hand bobbin winders recalled the group dynamics of a mill. Using fiber donated from U.S. textile companies, winding was open to all groups and individuals. Seventy-nine experienced weavers throughout the southeastern U.S. used the wound bobbins to collectively weave a single bolt of cloth on one loom inside the factory. Proceeding in sequence in a way related to exquisite corpse drawing, different weavers worked in 1 -2 day sessions over 3 months. The resulting cloth measures 24 inches wide x 75 feet 9 inches long and is now part of the permanent collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Over 2100 individuals comprise the Archive of Production which will always accompany the display of the cloth.

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