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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Arts in Conservation Education

Artist in Residence

Elizabeth Billings, the 2007 artist-in-residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont, educates people about the conservation of natural resources through her distinctive weaving style. Billings uses locally gathered materials—including reeds, fir needles, stalks, grasses, and saplings—to create textiles that literally and metaphorically connect people to nature. Following her training in Vermont with a master weaver, Billings traveled to Japan where she apprenticed with an ikat weaver. Billings’ global education and creativity have brought together different styles of weaving, which not only illustrate the connection between material and nature, but also offer dialogues between different cultures and the environment. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park provides the perfect opportunity for the conversations inspired by that art. For more information please visit www.nps.gov/mabi/artist-in-residence
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