Friday Fibers Roundup: Geometry in Nature
Lauren Sinner November 10, 2017
This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights many different ways artists are integrating nature into the their practice and the natural geometry that nature possesses.
1) These dizzyingly complex installations of unbraided ropes branching out like tree roots are created by Janaina Mello Landini as part of her Ciclotrama series (via Colossal).
2) “Spider Drinks Graphene, Spins Web that can hold the Weight of a Human” by Bryan Nelson looks at the creation of a webbing that is on par with bulletproof Kevlar in strength (via MNN).
3) This video shows Eriskay women carding, spinning, and winding wool from a frame into balls.
4) Art Assembled: Art Featured in August is a gallery featuring some amazing textile art from the Art, Text, Style blog from this past summer.
5) This hero sheepdog protected a flock of sheep for 20 days during a Canadian wildfire (via PRI).
6) “Nandipha Mntambo’s Journey From Taxidermy to Art” by Ginanne Brownell Mitic examines the fascinating work life of Mntambo and what steps she took to get where she is today (via The New York Times).
7) “The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress” By Eliot Stein investigates the dying craft and the last known master of spinning sea silk (via BBC).
8) This video illustrates Chusen, a traditional hand-dyeing method unique to Japan, which allows for double-sided reproduction of delicate designs.
9) Paper designer Peter Dahmen’s new pop-up video “Most Satisfying Video of Pop-Up Cards” is a spans the last several years of his work engineering elaborate objects that unfold from the pages of books or the confines of tiny boxes (via Colossal).
10) The American Craft Council is pleased to announce their 2017 Emerging Voices artists and scholars: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Sarah Parrish, Anna Mlasowsky, Gerardo Monterrubio, Hannah Batsel, and Ted Lott.