Textile Roots Remembered in Branch Artwork


Members are loving the four pieces of art recently installed in our Rock Hill branches by artist Dallas Austin.

“It’s gorgeous,” said Bernice Caldwell while at the White Street branch. “If you take put the energy into making something, it’s good to show it off. He did a good job.”

Member Jerkevious Hall said the laser-cut piece is different. “I like it. It’s not like stuff you see every day.”

Fullsizeoutput b63Dallas, who graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University, modeled the designs off old-time looms with an abstract twist. Each piece will have a red, yellow, green or blue “thread” running through it to symbolize the textile business that supported Rock Hill for many decades.

“The pieces are futuristic but at the same time look historical,” said Dallas. “I pulled photos of old looms, traced the parts and then rearranged them into a new machine.”

In addition to White Street, there’s a piece at branches on Ebenezer and Albright roads and Dave Lyle Boulevard. They join nine other works of art commissioned from six Winthrop students in 2014 for the Family Trust Center.

“We’re pleased to provide quality art in our branches for members to enjoy,” said Penny Pratt, president and CEO. “We particularly like the connection the art provides between Family Trust and our history with textiles.”

Dallas hopes to earn a master’s degree while continuing to pursue studio work.
“This was a great opportunity to get real-life experience,” Dallas said. “I learned a lot about developing a detailed budget and developing a proposal that meets the needs of the client.”