Client The Mint Museum
Designed by Fi™ Interiors

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A place for art and design
Established in 1936, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum that strives to engage visitors in a meaningful, lifelong relationship with international art and design. Throughout the year, it hosts a range of exhibits, events, and resources that offer learning opportunities and exposure to artists, art history, and contemporary social economic issues.

Supporting museum exhibit design
The team at Fabric Images® collaborated with The Mint Museum on two specific exhibits: Fashion Reimagined and Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds.

Fashion Reimagined offered up the museum’s own collection, spanning from 1760 to 2022, focusing on innovation and attitudes towards various fashion disciplines, materials, and practices of the time.

To define the overall exhibit and guide visitors through each of the three thematic sections, we created self-supported, tension fabric walls utilizing custom bent aluminum tubing for structural integrity. In certain areas, alcoves were built into the walls to create additional displays. From there, the entire system was wrapped in sheer white fabric, achieving the separation from space to space while also supporting light distribution to evenly cover each piece on display.

We also created custom wooden risers of various diameters and heights, which elevated individual pieces or groups and added an extra dimensional feel to the space. From a practical standpoint, these risers distinguished walking space and created some sense of separation from the garments.

Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds explored Pablo Picasso’s deep engagement and artistic approach to landscape subjects.

Assembling some of Picasso’s greatest landscape compositions in one traveling exhibition, Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is part of The Picasso Celebration 1973-2023, structured around some 50 exhibitions and events that are being held in renowned cultural institutions in Europe and North America to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.

As part of creating a glimpse into his life and artistic journey, Fabric Images was tasked with replicating a literal window that existed in his personal studio.

We fabricated a custom metal tube skeleton for the overall wall and window framing, then applied sheer white fabric and custom milled wooden panels to achieve the ornate design of the overall window. For the outside scene, we utilized our own illuminated art system as a means of replicating the added ambient light that would pour in on a sunny day.

The versatility of fabric architecture
Fabric architecture can play a significant role in supporting the goals of temporary spaces, such as museum exhibits or live brand activations. Some benefits to consider are…

Flexibility: Fabric structures are easily custom-tailored in shape, size, or design to achieve the spatial and experiential goals of the space. Printed fabric allows limitless opportunities for graphics, messaging, or artwork.

Light distribution: These structures utilize a wide range of fabrics that can be engineered to filter light through or bounce light from existing sources for even distribution.

Acoustics: Fabrics, especially when layered or strategically placed, can absorb sound waves, reducing ambient noise and echo, contributing to a more pleasant overall experience for visitors.

Cost effectiveness: Fabric structures often require less material and construction time compared to traditional building materials, resulting in cost savings that can be applied to other areas of the project.

Environmental sustainability: Materials typically used in fabric architecture, such as fabrics and metal, can typically be recycled again and again, reducing the need for waste disposal.