Winter 2022 Exhibition at the Birk Center for the Arts

Walsh University Presents Hoard Couture: Wearable Art Accessories by Judi Krew

Walsh University presents Hoard Couture: Wearable Art Accessories by Judi Krew at the Birk Center for the Arts.  The exhibition begins Monday, January 17 and is on display through March 6 with free viewings Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A Gallery Talk is planned for Thursday, February 24, at 4 p.m. in the Atrium Gallery. The artist will be available to meet with guests and talk about her work and process.  The free event is open to the public, and guests are requested to please wear masks.
This series of accent pieces includes fascinators, hats and handbags made from unconventional materials.  They are all wearable and will be paired with upcoming runway garments.

Judi-Krew-Headshot.jpg“This series explored my need to hold onto ‘things’ as a way to preserve memories,” said Krew.  “My home is neat and clean, and my ‘things’ are organized in bins, boxes and containers – but for what purpose?  That question inspired the idea to create some type of art piece that could allow me to see what I am holding on to and ask, why?”

Krew embraces the mantra of reuse, repurpose and reimagine to guide the overall concept of each piece.  None of the items were purchased for the intent of creating the look.  What visitors will see came from her existing inventory of items or from the collection of fabrics intended for upcoming wearable art garments.

A working artist since 1982 when she graduated from The University of Akron, Krew holds a Master’s degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University’s dual program with the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Since then, she has worked in visual merchandising, museum education, as a high school art teacher, and as an active community volunteer, all while maintaining a successful studio in Canton and exhibition career.

Image: Judi Krew, Faerie Queen of Fancy Flight