Links of Interest

A Dreamy Fiber Installation by Vanessa Barragão Transforms a Medieval Bridge into a Patch of Oversized Orchids.

In the small town of Paderne, Portugal, a whimsical valance of crocheted leaves, dangling tendrils, and petals dyed with subtle gradients encircles the stone archways of a battered medieval bridge.

 https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/vanessa-barragao-orchids/


Layers of Cut Paper Foliage Fragment Christine Kim’s Collaged Portraits

Obscured faces peek through tangles of leaves and stems in the ethereal portraits of Toronto-based artist Christine Kim. Her mixed-media collages layer textured graphite gradients and mesh-like cuttings into splintered depictions of her subjects.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/christine-kim-collage-portraits/


Earthrise: A Striking New Collection by Iris Van Herpen Recycles Plastic Waste into Sculptural Garments

Iris Van Herpen (previously) continues to blend fashion and science in her latest collection of dizzying garments that explore the fragility of marine ecosystems. Earthrise, which debuted at Paris Haute Couture Week on July 5, is comprised of 19 gowns teeming with the Dutch designer’s signature layers and structural flourishes.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/07/iris-van-herpen-earthrise/


An Indigenous Perspective on Frida Kahlo

In both in her art and personal style Kahlo promoted the construction of a mythologized Indianness at the expense of Indigenous people.

https://hyperallergic.com/660471/indigenous-perspective-frida-kahlo/


Emma Shankland: Tales of fabric and thread

Following a childhood amidst political activists which led to a career as a banner maker, Emma Shankland has turned to hand embroidery as a slow and gentle contrast to narrate her observations in a more peaceful way.

https://www.textileartist.org/emma-shankland-tales-of-fabric-and-thread/


Barley church’s flower tower created to raise funds

More than a thousand homemade flowers have been draped from a church tower to help raise funds for its renovation and upkeep.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-57598141


In Intricate Weavings, Igshaan Adams Maps South Africa’s Tangled Histories

Adams’s weavings are the kind that demand to be stood directly in front of, for you to hunker down on your knees, or crane your neck at all angles.

https://hyperallergic.com/657001/igshaan-adams-kicking-dust-hayward-gallery/


Sonya Clark Weaves the History of Black Hair Into Art

Grappling with the politics of American mythology, Clark constructs objects that are as critical as they are riveting and insightful.

https://hyperallergic.com/658976/sonya-clark-weaves-black-hair-history-into-art/