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TEXTILE SPECIALIST

Artist. Designer. Educator. Historian. Activist

 
 
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SEWING CLASSES

Offering private and small group sewing, and hand embroidery classes

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“Art is a step in the known toward the unknown”

Kahlil Gibran

 
 

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My name is Olivia Bowman. I was born and raised on a farm in the Ohio valley on the Stillwater River just outside of Dayton, OH.  Thanks to my parents, I knew that our valley grew during and after the ice age, and I was raised looking through telescopes and microscopes. Our fields were full of native american artifacts that were concentrated on a mound near the river below our home. It was hunting for arrow heads that led me to contemplate the earliest settlers of the land I resided. These collections were the tactile objects that fueled my earliest inclinations and curiosities of history.  I received my B.A. from the University of Dayton in Art History, my focus was in fine arts, the Italian Renaissance, politics, sociology, gender studies, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, German language, and art activism. My passion for fiber arts began shortly after graduating from U.D. I have been lost and found working with textiles, fabric, string, yarn, and most importantly my own hands. I am passionate about environmental activism colliding with political and socially engaged messages of my cultural observation, frustration, and admiration.  I am currently a Textile Specialist for the University of Dayton Research Institute where I work in materials and composite engineering, for tailored fiber placement.

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