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Fiber in the Present Tense 2016

The Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapter of Surface Design Association is pleased to present their latest juried exhibition, Fiber in the Present Tense. Currently on view at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, this show features fiber & textiles works created by regional members.

Ellen Solari By the Side of the Road #2 (2014) Man-made found objects, wire, jute, dogwood branches, reed, yarn, fabric, 35" x 9" x 8" (Juror’s Award winner)

Ellen Solari By the Side of the Road #2 (2014) Man-made found objects, wire, jute, dogwood branches, reed, yarn, fabric, 35″ x 9″ x 8″ *Juror’s Award winner*

The exhibit is a panoply of the fiber arts, encompassing a wide spectrum of processes that reflects the mission of Surface Design Association. Focusing on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence in textile-inspired art and design.

Minna Rothman The Wall (2015) Linen warp, wool/silk weft, cotton lining, velcro, 31" x 24"

Minna Rothman The Wall (2015) Linen warp, wool/silk weft, cotton lining, velcro, 31″ x 24″

Juried by Marcia Young, Editor of Fiber Art Now magazine, the show features twenty-seven works by twenty-three artists chosen from a field of seventy-two submissions for the exhibit.

Suzanne Housley Noonan Pleasant View (2015) Oil paint, canvas and threads, 10" x 6.25"

Suzanne Housley Noonan Pleasant View (2015) Oil paint, canvas and threads, 10″ x 6.25″

Considering “a blend of form and content, prioritizing the most evocative and compelling pieces” Marcia felt that many of the works “could have been Best of Show or received recognition with a juror’s award.”

Priscilla Smith Title: I COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR SON (2015) Hand Dyed Fabric; Thread, 36" x 36" (Award of Excellence winner)

Priscilla Smith I COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR SON (2015) Hand Dyed Fabric; Thread, 36″ x 36″ *Award of Excellence winner*

Marcia also noted the “wide range of mediums, styles, and themes, showing the diversity and sophistication within the SDA’s Massachusetts/Rhode Island regional fiber arts community.”

Adrienne Sloane Crossing Over (2015) Cotton i-cord & screen, 36" x 36.5” x 2”

Adrienne Sloane Crossing Over (2015) Cotton i-cord & screen, 36″ x 36.5” x 2”

Michele Fandel Bonner Outsourced (2015) Recycled clothing labels and cotton/linen fabric, 14" x 18.5"

Michele Fandel Bonner Outsourced (2015) Recycled clothing labels and cotton/linen fabric, 14″ x 18.5″

SDA Member Anna Kristina Goransson was invited to create a site-specific installation on the main staircase very close to the gallery. This decision was made by Nancy Crasco and Adrienne Sloane, co-representatives of the regional SDA MA/RI Group, to create an enticing entry into the exhibit.

A. Kristina Goransson Color Meditation (2016) Felted and dyed wool, Site-specific Installation on Stairs, Aresnal Center for the Arts

Anna Kristina Goransson Color Meditation (2016) Felted and dyed wool, Site-specific Installation on Stairs, Aresnal Center for the Arts

Flowing over the large staircase, Color Meditation was created by wet felting wool to make one, interconnected piece that was then dyed in many different stages.

A. Kristina Goransson Color Meditation (2016) Felted and dyed wool, Site-specific Installation on Stairs, Aresnal Center for the Arts

Anna Kristina Goransson Color Meditation (2016) Felted and dyed wool, Site-specific Installation on Stairs, Aresnal Center for the Arts

Fiber in the Present Tense is on display until Thursday, November 3rd 2016 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts (321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472).


The Massachusetts and Rhode Island Surface Design Group is co-represented by Nancy Crasco and Adrienne Sloane. To stay updated on what their chapter is up to, click here:  https://sdamari.wordpress.com/

The Arsenal Center for the Arts is open daily from 12-5pm
For more information visit http://arsenalarts.org

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