Friday Fibers Roundup: Artistic Approaches
Lauren Sinner September 21, 2018
This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at a variety of artists, viewpoints, and practices to give you a wide range of how people all over the world are currently approaching the art, craft, and design of textiles.
1) OtherPeoplesPixels recently interviewed textile artist, April Dauscha. April’s work combines the visual language of the Victorian era with intimate acts of the body to explore her personal experiences of mourning, contrition and motherhood.
2) “Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day on view at the Wellin Museum of Art” explores Gibson’s artistic approach, which combines pop culture with references to Native American history and current events (via Hyperallergic).
3) “How Miriam Schapiro’s Feminist Work Transcended the Line between Art and Craft” by Alina Cohen looks at the exuberant tackiness infuses the femmages, or feminist collages, of the artist Miriam Schapiro, one of the leaders of the Pattern and Decoration Movement (via Artsy).
4) “Jonathan Anderson: ‘Craft is an Antidote to Digital Media’” by Jo Craven reveals how Anderson fells about the handmade–and why it is so important (via The Guardian).
5) “Are Fabricators the Most Important People in the Art World?” by Nancy Hass spotlights the how contemporary artists have become increasingly less present in their own work, and how the people who make their pieces remain unsung heroes (via The New York Times).
6) “In our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows our Brains need Craft more than Ever” by Susan Luckman examines whycraft practices–among others–are being looked to as something of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living (via Sciencealert).
7) “Material Obsession: Fiber” by Michael Slenske reveals how fiber art has seen a revival in the hands of contemporary artists exploring bold new forms (via WSJ Magazine).
8) California Fibers presents the exhibition: A Matter of Time. The show is an exploration through two and three-dimensional works in fiber and is on display at Founders Hall Art Gallery in Aliso Viejo, CA throgh January 7th, 2019.
9) “Artists and African Textiles – the Use and Meaning of Textiles in Contemporary African Art” by Christopher Spring highlights various textiles from across the African continent how they are produced using a wide spectrum of materials and techniques. Artists of African heritage have long understood that textiles today (and in the past) are often of much greater significance and far more widely produced than the superb African sculptural traditions admired by the West.
10) The book “Cloth lullaby: the woven life of Louise Bourgeois – in pictures” by Amy Novesky tells us about the fascinating life of Louise Bourgeois, with beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (via The Guardian).