June Lee "Bystander" 2017

Blog Post Tag: Fiber

“Changing Styles in Contemporary Quilt Art: Pattern in Motion” by Sandra Sider

March 28, 2018 10:00 am

This article features four contemporary artists working in the quilt medium for more than thirty years: Pauline Burbidge, Michael James, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Joan Schulze. They all have international reputations not only as artists, but also as influential teachers, lecturers, and authors of books relating to contemporary quilt art. Continuing to produce textile-based artwork

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Pushing Fashion

March 23, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights the many different ways fashion designers are pushing the boundaries–both conceptually and materially. 1) “When Black Women could not try on the Dresses, Ebony Brought the Dresses to Them” by Blue Greenberg spotlights the story of how haute couture fashion for black American women became a vehicle to reinforce

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Landscapes

March 16, 2018 10:00 am

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

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Weaving (Past & Present)

March 8, 2018 12:48 pm

This week’s roundup includes a wide variety of articles looking at the historical and contemporary applications and contexts of weaving. 1) Curated by Jennifer Garey, Weaving a Path: Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos features a distinctive range rugs and blankets of the Southwest US created by Diné women, with geometric designs and patterns, all

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Extreme Knitting

March 2, 2018 10:00 am

Knitting is the name of the game for all the articles featured in this week’s edition of Friday Fibers Roundup. 1) “Knitting Together the Beginnings of a Queer, Feminine Future” by Zachary Small highlights how the exhibition Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field reimagined the Museum of Arts and Design’s third floor gallery space.

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Excavated Pattern

February 23, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a blend of articles focusing on cultural histories, archaeology, and pattern. 1) “Decolonizing Photography: A Conversation With Wendy Red Star” by Abaki Beck shows how Wendy Red Star uses her photography to challenge mainstream representations of Native Americans, but on her own terms (via Aperture). 2) “Japanese Artist Crafts

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroidery Evolution

February 16, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup examines the many different ways embroidery has evolved over the years, and some new artists that are pushing the technique in innovative directions. 1) “Ulla-Stina Wikander’s Cross-Stitched Household Objects” by Andy Smith spotlights the surreal, sculptural domestic and everyday objects that Wikander meticulously hand stitches (via High-Fructose). 2) In Nagoro,

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Experiences in Cloth

February 9, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of articles, interviews, and shows all showcasing personal narratives and experiences through blankets, quilts, and cloth. 1) The exhibition, The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art explores how a current generation of contemporary artists are employing quilt traditions and techniques to make social, political and personal commentary.

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“The Art of Labor” Apply Now!

February 7, 2018 10:00 am

Surface Design Association is excited to announce our 2018 International Juried Members exhibition, The Art of Labor. The show will be held in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) in San Jose, CA, from July 22–October 14, 2018. The act of labor is both physical and mental—an effort which is

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Contemporary Craft

February 2, 2018 10:00 am

The week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of exhibitions, books, and reviews all center around the concepts of craft in a contemporary and historical setting. 1) Sheila Hicks’ new exhibition: Free threads. Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017 has been up since last November, but there’s still time to see it. On display at

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