Upcoming Events

Special Event

Flora & Fiber Director’s Gallery Talk
By Carla Funk, Executive Director and Chief Curator of University Museums

Saturday, July 15
1 p.m.
Funk Center Galleries (Florida Tech Campus)
Free Admission

Join Florida Tech Director of University Museums, Carla Funk, for an exclusive tour of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts’ featured exhibition Flora and Fiber! Curated exclusively from the Center’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents the botanical sources, application and iconography in textiles from three continents, specifically highlighting Asian textiles’ profound and enduring influence on the development of modern fashion and design. In this visually- engaging talk, visitors will learn about the decorative inspiration and ingenious application of plants and fiber materials in diverse cultures around the world.

Summer Workshops & Presentations

Flora & Fiber Kids’ Natural Dyeing Playshop with Deb Taylor

Saturday, June 17
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine, 2nd floor
Cost: $5 Admission, For ages 9–14, Preregistration required
Workshop is FULL!

After a guided tour of the exhibit, bring your inspiration to the workshop for a hands-on experience dyeing fabric with natural materials. Watch Deb demonstrate the basics and then create your own samples using an array of natural materials from plant based matter to rust. Take-home kit with instructions and project inspiration included!

We encourage all participants to bring a small rusty item (bottle cap, nail, etc.) and to dress in old clothes!

A Botanical Aromatic Journey with Doreen DeSerres-DuJardin

Saturday, August 5
1–3 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine, 2nd floor
Cost: $15 for FOT members; $20 for non-members, Preregistration required

Join vintage aromatherapist Doreen DeSerres-DuJardin of Nature’s Spirit on an aromatic journey of essential oils inspired by the Flora & Fiber exhibit. Experience the fragrance of select oils while learning about their cultural aspects, aromatic profiles, and other properties. Participants will take away a fragrance test strip and informational hand out for each of the oils discussed.

Please note: As this is an olfactory experience, we ask everyone to be fragrance free for this event.

Please pre-register by Friday, July 28 to textiles@fit.edu or 321-674-6129.



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