Mary Louise Napier transfers nature-inspired designs to wearable art

When Professor of Arts and Education Louise Napier began teaching at Wingate College in 1965 it was a two-year college with about 1,500 students. This May, Napier will retire as chair of the Art Department of Wingate University, which now serves over 3,000 students on three campuses, and offers two doctoral programs.

Napier’s recent exhibit “Fabric to Fashion” at Wingate’s Batte Center celebrated a marriage of her favorite mediums. The exhibit was summarized by Napier’s book “Kira’s Closet,” a collection of stories and fabric designs that capture the memories of her granddaughter’s life. It features paintings and prints, many of which have been transferred to fabrics and transformed into wearable art.

“I am always searching out new ways of approaching to keep myself interested.” This year Napier will celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary to Henry. Both of their daughters are also art educators.

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