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Friday Fibers Roundup: Subversive Designs

This week’s roundup brings together recent articles on embroidery, from hip hop fashion, to smart fabrics, and an artists that works between North and South Korea. 1) The exhibition Organic Explorations features the work of Ellen Schiffman and Heide Follin who work is inspired by observing organic and symmetrical forms in nature and their travels

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The Costume Institute’s exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is currently on display at The Met Fifth Avenue until October 8th, 2018. The thematic exhibition features conversations between both historical and modern fashion, and masterworks of medieval art from The Met’s collection. Heavenly Bodies examines fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and

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The exhibition East-West Conversations in Fiber opened earlier in July at Sierra Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada, and features work by Miran Lim Lee, Youngmin Lee, Steph Rue, and Mirka Knaster. The show is on display until July 31st, 2018, so if you’re in the area, check it out before it’s down. Below is an

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Stories to Tell

This week’s roundup focuses on highlighting a variety of voices and experience, and how they are expressed through the medium of textiles. From perforative fashion, to interactive installation, each story is worth hearing. 1) Jono Vaughan’s series Project 42 addresses the pattern of violence against transgender people in the United States, providing both a form

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LAIKA’s studio sits just outside Portland, Oregon, so it’s naturally fitting the exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA was housed at the Portland Art Museum. The show was on display October 14th, 2017 to May 20th, 2018, and featured behind-the-scenes photography, video clips, and physical artwork from its four films. Animating

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“The Art of Labor” SDJ – Out Now!

Surface Design Association is excited to announce “The Art of Labor,” our Summer 2018 edition of Surface Design Journal! As Elizabeth Kozlowski states in her Editorial, this Journal questions, “What about the countless hands and hours required to make the objects that keep us safe, warm, and clean? And are we, as consumers, able to

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Fierce Fashion

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights the importance of size, culture, and class representation within the fashion industry. 1) “A Muslim Fashion Blogger With a Fierce Message” by Alex Hawgood highlights the work done by Ms. Katebi (the brains behind the politically-charged fashion blog Joojoo Azad), where she frequently casts a spotlight on reductive media

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In Print: “Hidden Tapestry” By Debra Dean

Hidden Tapestry: Jan Yoors, His Two Wives, and the War That Made Them One by Debra Dean reveals the story of Flemish-American artist Jan Yoors—artist, photographer, painter, sculptor, writer, filmmaker, and tapestry creator. This biography recounts Yoors’ rise to fame in New York City, his two concurrent wives, and how they wove his well-known tapestries.

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The National Centre for Craft & Design (Lincolnshire, UK) and artsNK is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain with a new show: CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture. The exhibition features a wide variety of live performances, aerial acrobatics, film, photography, circus ephemera and design, all within one immersive ‘Big Top’ style experience.

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“In the Studio” with Sharon Peoples

I have worked as an artist in Canberra, Australia for over 20 years as both a hand and machine embroiderer, which seems to produce to two very different bodies of work. In 1994, I completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Australian National University and began my arts practice. I continued studying, graduating with

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