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Continued: Textile artist Gini Corrick lives life in stitches

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 13, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Her second career

Yet Corrick hadn’t always done this, at least not with such artistry.

She mostly had used her sewing skills to make clothes for herself and her five kids. Of raising her family and her 53 years of marriage to William Corrick, she said, “I think it’s the most important thing I ever did — my greatest accomplishment.”

But then the kids grew up, and her husband retired as longtime city attorney for New Hope. In 1985, they bought 60 acres of land near Cross Lake. That brought her in contact with a group of quilters in Brainerd, who said she just had to join them.

“Well, I fell in love with these women,” she said, laughing. “They were nuts like I was.”

During their sewing sessions, she began seeing how to transfer the principles of quilting to clothing.

“You have to learn so many ways to accomplish things,” she said. “That’s the exciting part: tackling the problems.”

Upon her husband’s death in 1999, she returned to the Twin Cities. Her textile work became more art-oriented, and she became active with the Minnesota Textile Center and helped found Wearable Art MidWest.

A coat closet was remodeled to install a dye lab. Her bedroom’s walk-in closet became a sewing room, with three machines, scads of spools and walls riffling with thumb-tacked pages torn from magazines.

In 2005, the Textile Center gave her the Spun Gold Award for her lifetime commitment to this art.

It’s probably time to note that Corrick turned 90 years old this month. Her second career has lasted for years. Worth considering, that.

Nor is she slowing down: “I’m just introducing myself to felting.”

 

Kim Ode • 612-673-7185

 

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