Links of Interest

Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women

Cotton, wool, polyester, silk—fiber is felt in nearly every aspect of our lives. The artists in Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women mastered and subverted the everyday material throughout the twentieth century. All of the artworks are drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection; archival materials and interviews are selected from collections of the Archives of American Art.

Rachel Hayes

Can you imagine discovering one of these magical pieces in the middle of nowhere? This is the breathtaking, colorful, large-scale textile work of Oklahoma based artist Rachel Hayes.

Acadiana brown cotton: How a local plant ties past and present together

Acadiana brown cotton, formally known as coton jaune, has deep roots in south Louisiana’s history. Over the past 200 years, the plant has waned in popularity and workforce. However in recent years, brown cotton has gone through a renaissance, with more farmers plotting, artists weaving and historians researching.

Contextile 2020, International Exhibition

Selected artists

In an Astounding New Book, a Neuroscientist Reveals the Profound Real-World Benefits Art Has on Our Brains

Neuroscientist Pierre Lemarquis explains how we need “medicine that’s a little artistic.”

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives Major Gift of Extraordinary Amish Quilts from the Collectors Faith and Stephen Brown

The group of quilts is the largest and most significant collection of Amish quilts to enter any major art museum’s permanent collection. The quilts were made between the 1880s and 1940s and embody the astonishing design innovation and stitching skills of Amish women from communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states.

Ana Naria Hernando

Reams and reams of ice-cream hued tulle spilling from a French castle? Yes, please! This is the work of Argentine born, US based artist Ana Maria Hernando, and everything you see gently falling from these windows, staircases and doors is part of her 2020 installation, titled “Flood”.

Crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris by London Kaye unveiled

The Wharf, Washington, DC’s world-class waterfront neighborhood, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and the Italian-inspired culinary collective Officina, unveiled a large-scale, outdoor crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Varied Patches of Color and Textured Stitches Delineate Expressive Embroidered Portraits

Brenda Risquez is deliberate in her use of texture, density, and color in her boldly embroidered portraits inspired by friends and pop culture icons. Varying patches of long, single-stitch rows and rounded tufts map onto the subjects’ faces, many of which display the textile artist’s affinity for pronounced, single-hued cheeks.