Friday Fibers Roundup: Landscapes
March 16, 2018
This week’s roundup highlights the many ways artists, craftspeople, and designers can be inspired by landscapes and natural forms.
1) “Textile Artist Creates Nature-Inspired Embroidery Art That ‘Grows’ Beyond Its Frame” by Emma Taggart looks at Peru-based textile artist Ana Teresa Barboza. Her three-dimensional work often spills out from the confines of the embroidery hoop or canvas she’s working on, illustrating the sprawling growth of the organic subjects (via My Modern Met).
2) Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has a new book titled Salt Years, which explores the process and perspective of her salt crystal sculptures—showcasing how the salt-filled sea breathes new life into the inanimate works through behind-the-scenes photos, and personal notes, and essays (via Colossal).
3) “Bark Paintings that were Pivotal Documents in an Aboriginal Sea Rights Case Go on View” by Allison Meier examines the bark paintings in Gapu-Monuk Saltwater: Journey to Sea Country at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, which were pivotal documents in a major case for indigenous sea rights (via Hyperallergic).
4) “A Woman’s Place, Reclaimed Through Art” by Zipporah Osei looks how the The Belmont Gallery of Art’s new exhibition explores how both sexism and feminism shape the lives of women—featuring 15 artists who work in painting, drawing, textile art, mixed media assemblage, photography, and metal.
5) Portuguese textile artist Vanessa Barragão creates multi-faceted landscape carpets and tapestries using of latch-hooking, crochet, weaving, basketry, and felt (via Colossal).
6) “Artist Creates ‘Secret Garden’ with the Last Denim Made in USA” by Pinar spotlights the works of Ian Berry, whose surroundings manifest themselves as a world made solely of denim—whether it be a crowded street or an empty laundromat you can actually step into (via My Modern Met).
7) Sally Blake (Canberra-based artist) wants to make the accumulated knowledge of natural dyes more accessible, after experimenting with plants from her own garden. What resulted was a documentation of questions and bigger ideas in an accessible diary (via Fiber Shed).
8) Fashioned from Nature—the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day—opens on April 21st, 2018 at the V&A in London.
9) “New Exhibition at BSA Space explores Playground Design” by Hannah Vuozzo features drawings, sketches, videos, scale models, and playable installations of 40 international playgrounds. The works on display provide the opportunity for “unstructured play,” a growing trend in playgrounds (via The Architects Newspaper).
10) “Indoor Rainbow Made of Thread Flows Through the Toledo Museum of Art” by Jessica Stewart highlights new work by Gabriel Dawe—Plexus 35. This piece is composed of embroidery threads strung to create an indoor rainbow, one that plays with space—from interior architectural elements to light sources at the Toledo Museum of Art (via My Modern Met).