Published on June 4, 2016
This piece spread the word about the Fresh Art Tour which includes 16 galleries in Pierce and Pepin Counties. As always, Cultural Cloth participated in the the tour and featured St Luce Stitch in an exhibit of story cloths that depict Malagasy folk tales. Click here to read the entire story in the Pierce County Herald.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
We never pass up and opportunity to share our story and recently we were able to do just than when life, arts and entertainment reporter, Stacy Bengs, of Red Wing's Republican Eagle, stopped by the shop to learn more about the upcoming Fall Fresh Art Tour. As we chatted about the upcoming event, which takes place this weekend, October 2 - 5, I could see her eye drawn to the many colorful textiles throughout the shop -- It happens to the best of us -- and it was the stories behind these pieces, the artwork itself and the upcoming event that inspired a unique and fun spin to her article.
As her article's title said so eloquently, when art-lovers set out this weekend to visit the 19 stops along the tour, they'll be "weaving art and culture into autumn". In Stacy's 10 years at the Eagle, she's had the opportunity to visit many of the studios along the tour route and when she stated in the article that, "The stories behind each stop are arguably just as intriguing as the artwork itself," we couldn't have agreed more.
Click here and you can see the full article featuring Cultural Cloth. We hope it inspires you to visit Cultural Cloth this fall.
Cultural Cloth was surprised and honored to be notified by Paul Schwebach, Executive Director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation, that Cultural Cloth had been named Pierce County's Small Business of the Year. According to Paul, we were selected based on our reputation of providing excellent service, the fact that we had refurbished a historical site for our Maiden Rock store, the recognition we received from the New York Times Home & Garden section last spring and the connection we have established with Guatemala. The selection committee felt these were big accomplishments for a business in a small village like Maiden Rock, WI.
Mary Anne attended the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation's annual dinner, where she accepted the award on behalf of Cultural Cloth, just days before heading to Guatemala for the annual Rug Hooking Tour.
Below is an except from the official media announcement by the Pierce County Herald:
Mary Ann Wise, co-owner of Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock was on-hand to receive recognition as Small Business of the Year. Wise and Jody Slocum, who co-founded the firm in 2009, are textile artists who wove custom rugs for the U.S. interior-design trade for over 15 years before opening their shop. The pair both love to travel and subsequently directed that passion toward countries with "living textile traditions."
Cultural Cloth was founded to help Guatemalan textile artisans expand income-earning opportunities by accessing wider, international markets. Last year, they created an artisan-based non-profit organization that helps artisans earn money through "the sale of their exquisite hand work." To support the non-profit, they lead an annual tour to learn from and to work alongside some of the artisans they represent. Today, the rug-hooking Wise and Slocum taught help 60 women earn a steady income through their craft.
Last year, the artisans' distinctive work helped Cultural Cloth earn an elite opportunity to display works at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, NM. The three-day market, whose July attendance is capped at 20,000 tickets, features just 150 booths. Last year, the Guatemalan "rug-hookers" shipped 252 rugs to the market and by its close, all but two had sold. The group won acceptance again for 2015 and the women plan to ship even more rugs to Santa Fe this July.
We couldn't be more thrilled to receive this recognition and acknowledgement of our work. Thank you to the many fine artists that we have the pleasure of working with, the customers who are so loyal and share our passion, and everyone who has supported this dream. We share this award with you.