The Plainfield Public Library is showcasing an exhibit of handcrafted rugs and fabric art in the Anne Louise Davis room through the end of January, 2007.
The textiles are designed locally by Plainfield resident Fernando Muñoz. Mr. Muñoz is an interior designer who supplies both traditional and custom-designed pieces on commission.
Examples in the exhibit give an idea of the wide range of designs available -- from indigenously inspired village scenes to African and Native-American inspired designs to a bravura piece drawing on the abstract graphic art of M. C. Escher of the Netherlands.
For three generations, Mr. Muñoz' family has developed these custom-designed textiles, and their work is well-known and widely exhibited in his home country, where they have received a variety of rewards and recognitions.
The family's custom-designed works have found collectors abroad, including -- besides the US -- Germany, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands.
Mr. Muñoz came to New York in 2000, where he studied hand weaving with Steve Andersen. He came to Plainfield in 2002, and established his firm here.
The exhibit is free and available for viewing during during normal Library hours.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Jessica Myers, head of Special Collections, at (908) 757-1111 x136.
-- Dan Damon
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