Mary Babcock "1° 55’ 30” N (Self Portrait as Atoll)" (detail)

Blog Post Tag: Museum Issues

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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Friday Fibers Roundup: Woven Color

January 26, 2018 10:00 am

This week’s roundup features a mix of articles all focusing on sources of color, weaving production, and how those intermingle. 1) “How an Oregon State Professor Accidentally Created a New Shade of Blue” by Benjamin Tepler looks back at the first truly new blue discovered in more than two centuries (via PDX Monthly). 2) In

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Exhibiting Craft

November 17, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup looks at various ways institutions, museums, and galleries are exhibiting and talking about fibers & textiles’ inherent craft. 1) The exhibition Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism recently opened at the Phoenix Art Museum (Arizona) and features more than 70 works, including the premiere of a three-story, site-specific work created exclusively

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Geometry (Nature + Tech)

October 27, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a mix of artists, exhibitions, and projects that deal with patterns and geometry in either natural or high-tech ways. 1) MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group has created a system to fold materials into various origami shapes when inflated, turning specifically designed paper, plastic, and fabric into representations of

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Embroidery, Drawing with Thread

October 20, 2017 9:00 am

All the articles, exhibitions, and projects for this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup highlight the diversity and wonderment of the simple technique of embroidery. 1) The interview Irem Yazici: Embroidery in Miniature, reveals how Irem transfers images from her imagination into her delightful miniature hoop landscapes and explains exactly why embroidery is so precious to her

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Mapping / Vision / Traces

October 13, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a groundbreaking exhibition series, maps of embroidery techniques by country, as well as silk recreations of homes and objects. 1) “Artistic Maps of Pakistan & India Show the Embroidery Techniques of Their Different Regions” by Dan Coleman shows how diverse elements come together to make beautiful things and the

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Art / Craft / Design

September 22, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup explores projects, artists, and exhibitions that attempt to pick apart the categories of art, craft, and design that we so often put people’s work into. 1) Have you ever wondered what happens to those massive painted theater backdrops when a show ends? Well, Jen Kahn (who has been a stage

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Blankets (Comfort and Subversion)

September 8, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features a variety of makers addressing the conceptual feast that blankets have to offer. From political to personal, comfortable to subversive, blankets have been a tool that artists have been using for ages. 1) “The Colorful Quilt Squares Chilean Women Used to Tell the Story of Life Under Pinochet” by

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Friday Fibers Roundup: Exhibitions (International + Local)

September 1, 2017 9:00 am

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights a variety of exhibition reviews and previews spanning from local (LA, NY, and Chicago), to international (Japan, Peru, and Germany). 1) “What Does It Mean to Make Art in the South Asian Diaspora?” by Hrag Vartanian reviews the exhibition, concepts, and issues within the work at Lucid Dreams and

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