Gwen Lowery "Aurora Towers" (detail) 2015

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a review of SDA’s Shifting Landscapes, haunting woven photographs, as well as the blending of high fashion and physics at the MET Gala.

Thomas Roach Iona Cloister Meditation 2014, Silk, shaped resist with natural dyes, kantha stitched with natural dyed silk threads, 22.5″ x 23.5″.


1) “On the town with ‘Monsoon Wedding’ designer Arjun Bhasin” by Tony Bravo chronicles a trip the costume designer had to Berkeley, CA to work on the dresses for an upcoming movie (via San Francisco Chronicle).

2) “Following the Threads that Connect Clothing to Religious Persecution in Southeast Asia” by Ben Valentine reviews the solo exhibition Displaced by Jakkai Siributr, which explores how clothing and symbols can take on protective, threatening, or dangerous meanings (via Hyperallergic).

3) Mothers in Arts is a crowd-sourced list of initiatives, grants and residencies for parent artists with various submissions happening throughout the year.

4) “What a Physicist Sees When She Looks at a Fancy Gown” by Mika McKinnon looks at the stunning gowns from the recent MET Gala and how they relate to math, physics, and engineering with how they’re designed (via Racked).

5) Textile Society of America recently reviewed both SDA’s Shifting Landscapes exhibition as well as Mark Newport’s Mending at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, NM. The full review will be available in the TSA Spring/Summer newsletter coming out soon!

6) This recent series by Brooklyn-based artist David Samuel Stern, shows hauntingly beautiful woven photographs of people (via The Jealous Curator).

7) Photographer Marta Zgierska found inspiration in the aftermath of a near-death experience, after which she created a haunting photo series (via Creators).

8) The Textile Arts Center recently published a blog article about Quilting in America–A Brief History. In it, it outlines the renewed interest in quilting, fulfillment in material, and the disposable nature of our things.

9) Alaina Varrone creates risqué embroidered work, subverting the traditionally tame medium with a heightened sense of narrative and mythology (via Juxtapoz).

10) Susanna Bauer has created another series of stunning crocheted and embellished leaves to marry the artificial and natural worlds (via Colossal).

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