Sonja Dahl "Colonial Glory" (detail) 2016

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features reviews of 3 amazing exhibitions, a call for papers on costumes, as well as a massive database of over 3,000 years of world fashion.

Yael David-Cohen Castle on a Curtain 2016, cotton, tapestry, acrylic paint, 36” x 27”.

1) The African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy has chosen Lawrence, Kansas to host their first National African American Quilt Conference in 2017 (via LJ World).

2) The exhibition Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab showcases the rich history and craft of the lavishly embroidered phulkaris at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (via Architectural Digest).

3) The Costume Colloquium VI has extended the deadline to submit papers to July 30th for their conference “Textiles in Fashion—Creativity in Context”. The colloquium will take place in Florence, Italy from 14-18 November, 2018.

4) We Wear Culture is a collaboration between Google and more than 180 museums, schools, and fashion institutions to create a stunning, searchable archive of 3,000 years of world fashion (via Quartz).

5) “Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment” by Allison Meier explores the exhibition Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century and the dangers of style—not just for the wearers, but for the people who made the clothing (via Hyperallergic).

6) After a controversial performance in 2013, artist Casey Jenkins is back with another politically charged performance that explores the menstrual cycle and our perception of what is ok and not ok to talk about when it comes to women’s bodies (via Broadly).

7) Ever wondered what the traditional process was to make clothes? This video has got you covered.

8) Mikelle Street reviews the exhibition Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between and why the groundbreaking designer was the perfect choice to have a retrospective at the MET (via Creators).

9) “On the Hunt: Sourcing Materials as an NYC Textile Artist” by Stephanie McGovern explains what it’s like to be an artist moving from west to east coast, the difficulties in working in salvaged materials, as well as where to get such materials in NYC (via Textile Art Center).

10) Artist Sui Park weaves together thousands of plastic zip-ties to create organic, sea creature-like amoebas, anemones, and fish (via Colossal).

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