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Featured Artist: Barbara Poole

"The inspiration for this installation comes from the book 'The Botany of Desire' written by Michael Pollan. Michael describes how despite our attempts to control plants - such as tulips and cannabis - the plants in fact use us to spread their seed or propagate themselves in other intended ways.

The garment for this installation was a collaboration with Amanda James for the MIT Descience Project. Amanda is a scientist working on invasive species of California. Using Amanda's data, I created a garment that visually depicts and animates the destructive power of an invasive species on the Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub plant community.

The installation, like true invasive species, is meant to be seductive to lure people in with it's beauty, hiding it's destructive nature. I have chosen felt to create the installation because of it's malleability; felt can take any form and these pieces showcase just a small part of the permutations one can create".

- Barbara Poole

As always, your purchases support the artists and SAC education and outreach programs.

SAC Retail Gallery
The retail gallery is located on the first floor of SAC at 175 Newbury Street (between Dartmouth St. and Exeter St.) in the historic Back Bay neighborhood and gallery district of Boston. The retail gallery represents over 300 artists from across the United States. All work is selected by the SAC retail jury and profits directly support the artists and SAC programming.

Open by appointment Mondays.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-6pm
Closed Sundays.
Also closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day.

For more information on our Retail Gallery, please contact:
George Summers Jr.
SAC Retail Gallery Manager
The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-266-1810 ext. 11