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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Marshall Public Library Adds Tapestries by Local Artist to Collection

Tapestries at the Marshall Public Library

The art collection housed at the Marshall Public Library is growing. 


Recently, two tapestries by local artist Kiana Spillman were placed on the wall at the library. The weavings, called Heritage I and Heritage II, are inspired by Spillman’s grandmothers who immigrated to the United States from Scotland and Sweden when they were 19-years-old. Spillman designed the works after studying the history of Scandinavian woven pieces and using a floor jack loom, she used innovative and traditional woven fibers in the tapestries. She achieved their color by dyeing the weavings using turmeric, avocado pit pigments, rose petals, and Kool-Aid. 


“The pieces are created with a pattern I designed. Towards the bottom of the pattern, they both start to unravel with an abundance of fringe, ” said Spillman. “I like to think of these pieces as a creative re-discovering of my heritage. As I have grown, I have learned more about my grandmothers and where they came from as well as what it means to ‘come from’ a place.” 


The pieces were purchased by The Friends of the Marshall Public Library and Jesse Robison and then donated to the library for display. The tapestries can be found in the southeast corner stairwell of the library. Previously, the works were on display at Portneuf Valley Brewing. 


“The Marshall Public Library is excited to add works by a talented local artist,” said Eric Suess, Marshall Public Library Director. “The pieces are beautiful and complex and add character to a part of the library which beforehand was bare. We appreciate the efforts of both Jesse Robison and The Friends of the Marshall Public Library to make the purchase of the artwork possible.”


“These weavings mean a lot to me and I’m so happy my works are a part of the permanent art at the Marshall Public Library,” Spillman said. “I’m from Pocatello and grew up in Old Town, so I always used to go and hang out at the library. It feels really great to have the opportunity to help complete the art walls that Jesse Robison put together years ago.”


Other works featured at the library include paintings, pottery, and sculptures. 


For more information on the programs and services offered by the Marshall Public Library, visit marshallpl.org


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