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Florida Tech's Textile Center, Artist Bring Art Experience to University Park School


MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology recently partnered with Brevard Public Schools’ Art Explorers Program to present a two-part outreach event with guest artist Marina Dempster. The project, titled “Super Heroes and the Power of Imagination,” focused on the transformative power of wearable art and the embellishment of “super hero” capes.

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Our Collection

  • Vest - Ruth E. Funk - 1994

    Linen, ultra suede, wooden buttons, lined in polyester

    Gift of the artist
  • Child’s Apron (Lighabi) - Ndebele peoples, South Africa - c. 1960’s

    Canvas, string, glass beads, fiber

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
  • Sampler - England - c. 1670s

    Cavalier and lady worked in colored silks; chenille and silver purl on satin ground in satin stitch; couched work and french knots. Flower and animal motifs

    Gift of William and Myra Mathers
  • Formal Kimono - Japan - Taisho Period (1912-1926)

    Silk; black w/ yuzen painting and cold couching and embroidery; red silk lining w/ surface painting

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
  • Coat (Chapan) - Uzbekistan - c. early 20th century

    Silk, cotton, plain woven, warp ikat, warp faced, printed, hand sewn

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Boots - Uzbekistan - c. 20th century

    Cotton, silk embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Othello Coat - Ruth E. Funk - 2005

    Silk, pieced sari fragments from India, tassels from India

    Gift of the artist
  • Shawl, Phulkari - India, Northern India, Punjab - c. early 20th century

    Cotton, silk, plain woven, satin stitch embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Backstrap Loom - Guatemala, Sololá, San Lucas Toliman - c. mid-20th century

    Cotton, plain woven, warp-faced, wood, bamboo

    Gift of Zipporah Schefrin
  • Door Hanging, Toran - India, Western India, Gujarat - 20th century

    Cotton, plain woven, reverse appliqué, embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Woman's Headdress - Zulu, South Africa - c. mid 20th century

    Cotton cloth, fiber, ocher, fat

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth