Links of Interest


Altoon Sultan’s Powerful Challenge

Her most recent exhibition, Altoon Sultan at McKenzie Fine Art (January 6–February 14, 2021), includes her egg tempera paintings and ink and gouache drawings on toned paper as well as “two types of fiber-based works: hooked wool textiles and hooked wool drawings,” as the gallery press release describes them.

 https://hyperallergic.com/617027/altoon-sultans-powerful-challenge/


Aronoff’s Weston Gallery reopens with 3 thought-provoking exhibits

The Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts will reopen Jan. 30 with three new exhibitions linked by social, political and historical investigations.

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2021/01/29/weston-gallery-reopens-with-3-provocative-exhibits.html


A Spectacular Collection of Native American Quilts

Tribes from the Great Plains used quilts as both a practical replacement of buffalo robes and a storytelling device.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-spectacular-collection-of-native-american-quilts-11108340/


American Tapestry Biennial 13

Highfield Hall opens 2021 with the American Tapestry Biennial 13, an installation featuring 35 tapestries from around the world. This will be Highfield’s first exhibition showcasing the international juried show featuring the finest contemporary tapestry weaving. 

https://highfieldhallandgardens.org/current-art-exhibits/american-tapestry-biennial-13january-2021/


Against the Myth of the Macho Craftsman – On the Idea of Crafting as Community Support

 Craft has the potential to bring together people from all backgrounds, with the workshop as common ground. This is exactly what is happening, here and there, in America. Tellingly, areas ravaged by postindustrial decline are the most fertile ground, as inexpensive real estate, well stocked with suitable workshop space, is being reoccupied by makers.

 https://lithub.com/against-the-myth-of-the-macho-craftsman/


Caroline Nixon: Stitching into botanical magic

Caroline focuses on natural dyes, eco-printing, hand stitch and repurposing. She grows many of the dyeplants herself, mingled among the veggies in her garden. 

https://www.textileartist.org/caroline-nixon-stitching-into-botanical-magic/


Portuguese textile artist Vanessa Barragão

The techniques are based on ancestral textile practices like latch hook, crochet, felt, weaving, embroidery and macrame. All the materials used come from wastes, leftovers and deadstocks of Portuguese factories.

https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2021/01/25/vanessa-barraga%cc%83o/


Atlanta based artist Hannah Ehrlich Haney

Hand-dyed fabric woven, tied, and twisted into beautiful – and sometimes tempestuous – landscapes.

https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2021/01/21/hannahehrlichhaney/


One of Many – Curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe kicks off new online exhibition series through SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts)

“For this show,” she says, “I’m looking at fiber artists, but not who you’d think of when you think of fiber arts—for example, I’m looking at artists who use unconventional materials that mimic or represent fiber arts.”

https://www.sfreporter.com/arts/2021/01/20/one-of-many/


Jill Biden Sent a Thoughtful Unity Message in Her Inauguration Night Fashion

The ivory double breasted cashmere coat, ivory silk wool cady dress with embroidery reflecting the federal flowers from every state and territory of the United States of America and ivory leather gloves were specially created by the designer for the occasion.

https://tomandlorenzo.com/2021/01/jill-biden-sent-a-thoughtful-unity-message-in-her-inauguration-night-fashion/


Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

This exhibition celebrates the individualism and flair for experimentation in Navajo textiles from the last quarter of the 19th century. Featuring over 80 dazzling works, these textiles reflect ideas and events the Navajo people experienced between 1863 and 1868, the hard years of their imprisonment in the Bosque Redondo, and their subsequent return to a reservation.

https://mfastpete.org/exh/color-riot/ and http://www.soulphysics.org/2013/06/ventolin-online-inhalator/