Janice Lessman-Moss "#446" (detail) 2015

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a knitted film reel, embroidered fashion, and the first time Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois’ work has been shown together in a massive exhibition.


Carla Stehr Diatom 8 2016, hand dyed cotton fabric, felt, wool batting, machine stitching, paint, 28″ x 33″.

1) “Resistance is Textile: Inside the Boise State Exhibition Crafting Resistance” by Harrison Berry looks at the relationship between protests and people making things. The show is on display at the Boise State Liberal Arts Building until March 28th, 2017 (via Boise Weekly).

2) Why is embroidery so hot right now in the fashion world, especially when it comes to men’s clothing? “Exploring Fashion’s recent Fascination with Embroidery” by Robert Patos attempts to answer this question (via Hypebeast).

3) Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois are two of the most prolific female artists in history. Their work will be on display in a joint show titled Traumata: Bourgeois/Kusama at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery in London until April 13, 2017. The exhibition is based on four themes present in both artists’ works: Good Mother/Bad Mother, Exile/Dislocation, Memory/Melancholia, and Sexuality/War.

4) Queen Elizabeth I’s long lost skirt will soon be on display at the Tudor Palace after over a year of tracing the provenance of the textile to verify its origins (via The Telegraph).

5) Greg Climer, a fashion designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design, has created a method for turning film into fabric, and then back into film again, all using knitting (via Fastcodesign).

6) A list was recently published featuring the top 17 artists from 2016 who are revitalizing embroidery as a medium (via My Modern Met).

7) Movana Chen knits bodysuits and tapestries out of shredded paper from old books, magazines, diaries, and maps (via Atlas Obscura).

8) This gif carefully deconstructs a shoe from front to back.

9) Taiwanese artist Yung Cheng Lin creates eerie work featuring portraits of women and their bodies to comment on the morality issues surrounding expectations of women’s bodies (via Creators).

10) Artist Susanna Bauer meticulously adds crochet to leaves in order to create fascinating pieces that combine the natural and artificial world (via Colossal).

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