Betye Saar, Her Daughters, and the House That Never Stopped Making Art
The pioneering artist and her three daughters on family, creativity, and why being able to see beauty, even in difficult times, is the true mother of invention.
Rainbow Threads Are Knotted into Elaborate Macramé Wall Hangings by Agnes Hansella
Back in February, Agnes Hansella completed a staggering trio of macramé installations. The monumental works are a facet of the Jakarta-based artist’s practice, which spans large-scale pieces and smaller wall hangings extending a few feet wide. “I would like to not cage myself to a certain style, so in every piece, I really let my instinct do most,” she tells Colossal. “I always think of art as something that keeps evolving. It’s like a relay race where I’m one part that connects the past and future.”
A Testament to the Horrors of Slavery & the Perseverance of Black Women, Rendered in Needle and Thread
The sack Ruth Middleton embroidered in the 1920s is resplendent with “the power of simultaneous pain and hope.” It evidences a persistent Black matriline, a continuation of radical vision that should have been impossible, given the logic and enforcement of American enslavement.
Bright Tufts, Coils, and Lengthy Stitches Are Embroidered into a Textured Typographic Series
Graphic designer Panna Eszenyi shifts her practice to a more tactile medium in a series that deftly merges embroidery and typography. Created as part of the 36 Days of Type challenge, the thread-based alphabet is Eszenyi’s foray into the craft and an exercise in utilizing a wide variety of stitches.
A 79-Foot Labyrinth Crocheted by Ernesto Neto Hangs from the Ceiling of a Houston Museum
Brazillian artist Ernesto Neto (previously) is known for his enormous, fiber-based installations that plunge viewers into a multi-sensory landscape of organic elements: people are encouraged to walk through canals of stretched yarn and grasp the structural weavings, while spicy scents like turmeric and cumin are often diffused throughout the room.
An Alabama Quilting Collective Receives $250K to Build a Museum
The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy, a nonprofit in Alberta, Alabama, has received a $250,000 grant from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership to build a museum honoring the legacy of a historical quilting collective that operated until the late 1990s in Alabama’s “Black Belt.”
San Jose artist threads new meaning into U.S. flag
Artist Ryan Carrington’s new show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles provides a new view of an old symbol — the U.S. flag. His solo exhibition, “Contradictions,” explores the meaning of the Stars and Stripes by creating the familiar flag out of unusual materials — painters pants, neckties and even lab coats and hospital scrubs.
6 Rising Contemporary Artists Using Traditional Craft Techniques
The popular practice of reviving ancient and traditional crafts in contemporary art is nothing new; age-old techniques have become ubiquitous across the art market and in museums and galleries alike. The reemergence of such methods has been described as a gesture towards something more certain and tangible in a troubled time, or a means of rejecting the digital in favor of the handmade.
Small Museums Are Stealing the Show on TikTok
Although major museums worldwide are taking on TikTok, it’s the less-renowned museums that are winning big.
L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped: Christo’s dream being realised
Work begins next month to swathe monument in blue fabric a year after Bulgarian-born artist’s death
Métis academic honours her heritage by beading while defending thesis
Danielle Lussier spent years weaving words together to earn her doctorate in law, but her hands might have sent the most powerful message. As part of the defence of her 500-page thesis at the University of Ottawa, Lussier strung together a Métis honour shawl with images of berries, a bird and a herd of bison.