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SHEILA KLEIN

Comfort Zone: The Process 2004
Patricia Steele Building, Harborview Hospital, Seattle, Washington
his video chronicles the making of Comfort Zone, a hand-woven permanent textile for the exterior of a hospital building in Seattle, Washington. The deco ornament of the hospital and the wooden infill porches on the original dwellings inspired Klein to comfort the building and its users with textiles. Klein and a team of five highly skilled women — Peggy Bridgman, Patricia McDonald, Debra Lacy, Sidney Dodge and Katherine Lewis — wove and crocheted these panels by hand. The massive weavings were constructed in the Skagit Valley with nearly 2000 pounds of stainless steel yarn that was created especially for us in Belgium by Bekaert Corporation.