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"Beauty- But First, Joy"

Information about The Thesis Presentation of Live Design MFA Candidate Leah Hummel. 

What is it?


"Beauty- But First, Joy" is an interactive makers' space and art installation presented as part of the Thesis Presentation of Live Design MFA Candidate Leah Hummel. 


The installation is filled with different activities related to textile education and exploration. Attendees can stay as little or as long as they want during open hours, and engage with whatever activities they like. In the creation of the installation I ask you to help me answer the question: "What could an inclusive textile education space look like?" 

When & Where Is It? 

The installation will be open on Saturday, January 27th from 12:00-4:00pm & Sunday, January 28th from 12:00-4:00pm in Studio 2.180 of the Winship Drama Building,

300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712 at The University of Texas at Austin. 

For directions & parking information click here.


Do I need a ticket? Do I need to know how to sew?

You do not need either of those things to attend and engage!

What does the title mean?

When iconic French fashion designer Thierry Mugler was interviewed about his 2019 career retrospective, he was asked if "beauty" was the word he wanted his audience to associate with his work. He replied, "Beauty, of course- but first, JOY. Because life is worth living." I stumbled upon this quote by accident while reading about Mugler, one of my greatest inspirations and heroes, and was struck by how simply he encapsulated my whole viewpoint on life. I think creation of joy, first, should be the framework of all fine arts education, and all things we do in life.

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