Friday Fibers Roundup
Lauren Sinner September 23, 2016
This week’s Roundup features political art created from beach trash, a brief history of pivotal women in labor, many awards being given out, and so much more! Kara Walker (whose show was previewed in our latest journal, “The Body Embellished“) even makes an appearance in a music video.
1) SDA Member Celina Grigore just received the “Excellence Award” at the 9th From Lausanne to Beijing International Fiber Art Biennial, in China, the world’s largest fiber art biennale! Her awarded piece is also our featured image.
2) Marina DeBris transforms ocean and beach garbage into intricately constructed garments as a campaign against ocean pollution in her collection, Beach Couture: A Haute Mess (via The Guardian).
3) Kara Walker recently collaborated with musical artist Santigold for her latest music video, Banshee, where Walker’s silhouetted paper puppets dance alongside Santigold with colorful backgrounds (via Hyperallergic).
4) The use of radiocarbon dating technology by historians has allowed for us to determine a more accurate date for some of the oldest garments in the world like rocks, weapons, and clothing (via Vintage News).
5) “Women in Labor History” from the Zinn Education Project, takes a look at how women in labor are often missing from history and the impact 27 women have made by organizing, unionizing, and inspiring workers.
6) Elizabeth and Rik Schell (of Purl’s Yarn Emporium in Asheville, NC) use a quarter of sales from their 100% locally sourced, milled and dyed yarn to go to four local nonprofit organizations as a way to support their community (via Asheville Citizen Times).
7) Karine Jollet‘s anatomically inspired soft sculptures of brains, hearts and skulls sound gruesome at first, but in actuality are quite lovely (via Hi-Fructose).
8) The 2016 Collaboration of Design + Art (CODA) Award winners were recently announced, and it features a few innovative textile designs. The highlights are a beach house turned into a playhouse with netted floors, and a church installation of 20 miles of ribbons by Anne Patterson.
9) This video shows Iris van Herpen’s newest fashion line featuring an innovative blend of high fashion and technology.
10) Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou creates handmade wool rugs that looks like aerial snapshots of landscapes, and, depending on the scale of the rug, some can take up to several months to finish (via Colossal).