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Fiber art featured at Woodbury library

The work of fiber artist Jean Matzke will be displayed at the R. H. Stafford Branch Library, 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury during the months of August and September.

She will discuss her work and demonstrate her technique, using a small loom and some pieces in progress, in a visit to the library Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Matzke uses a variety of needlework techniques, including embroidery and coiling, to create "narrative fiber art," work that tells a story, with inspiration drawn from daily life, literature, traditional sayings and other sources.

She has worked as an instructor in interior and surface design at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, has taught workshops in fiber art at the Textile Center of Minnesota, has been recognized with a Best of Show, June 2006 award by the Minnesota Craft Council, and a "First Award" in a juried exhibition at the Macrostie Gallery and Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, Minn. (1995).

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. John's University, and the College of St. Benedict, and has also been featured on HGTV.

For more information, call the library at (651) 731-1320.