The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Photograph by Aaron Igler
was founded in 1977 by Marion Boulton Stroud with a commitment to creating and exhibiting work by living artists from around the world. The workshop is a laboratory for artistic experimentation in a variety of mediums. The galleries, offices, and workshop are all housed in the historic, eight-story Mershon Building on Arch Street, opposite the Reading Terminal Market. The sixth floor has two very long silkscreen
printing tables for hand-printing on fabric. Made of brick and concrete, the style of the Mershon Building was influenced by ancient Greek and Roman architecture. The facade (front
of the building), made of light-gray limestone and terracotta (a kind of red clay), is decorated with flowers, elegant columns, and large windows with turquoise trim.