TEXT & TEXTILES
CRAFTING THE LIVES OF GUY & IRENE BUZZARD
“This generation is just too busy to pay much attention to family. Perhaps that’s why I am working to complete genealogies so they will at least know each other on paper… and who knows what the threads of fate will do in making paths cross.”
Eastern’s third presidential family is back in a new textile exhibition entitled Text and Textiles: Crafting the Lives of Guy and Irene Buzzard. From April 12th to June 29th, 2014 the exhibit will be in the e-Gallery at the Tarble Arts Center. This exhibit is produced by the Tarble Arts Center in connection with the 2014 EIU Historical Administration program and graduate students.
Texts and Textiles focuses on the lives of Robert Guy Buzzard and Irene Couchman Buzzard, exploring the ways in which they crafted their lives together for over fifty years. Irene and Guy Buzzard shared a passion for handicrafts and textile arts. The objects they collected and produced also reflect many of the great changes of the twentieth century. The exhibit highlights both the text and textile aspects of this remarkable family, drawing on materials from the Buzzard Textile Collection within the Tarble Arts Center and from the EIU Archives in Booth Library. Follow the exhibit’s progress at the following: