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Here’s a cornucopia of wonderful fiberart related links for your enjoyment!


A fascinating look at Nick Cave’s new exhibit.


A Staggering Sculptural Rug by Artist Faig Ahmed Pours into an Amorphous Puddle

A triumph conceptually and technically.

Puddlehttps://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/09/faig-ahmed-doubts/


An Interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer:

Her book Braiding Sweetgrass has been a surprise bestseller. The nature writer talks about her fight for plant rights, and why she hopes the pandemic will increase human compassion for the natural world.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/23/robin-wall-kimmerer-people-cant-understand-the-world-as-a-gift-unless-someone-shows-them-how


Uncoiled Rope Sprawls Across Canvases and Open Spaces in Organis Forms by Artist Janaina Mello Landini:

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/09/janaina-mello-landini-rope-artworks/


In Sonia Gomes’s Hands, Textiles Evoke Resilience

With her New York debut on the horizon, the Afro-Brazilian artist, known for her seductive, textile-based sculptures, is finally, and rightfully, receiving international recognition.

https://hyperallergic.com/585578/sonia-gomes-new-york-debut-pace-gallery/


In His New Works, Sanford Biggers Finds a Future Ethnography

In his new series, the artist has created 60 works created directly on or made from pre-1900 antique quilts.

https://hyperallergic.com/584229/sanford-biggers-codeswitch/


Herbert Niebling: Grand Master of Lace Knitting

Niebling’s designs are not for the faint of heart or the impatient knitter. Some of his larger table covers contain as many as 300 rows, with the outer rows comprising hundreds of stitches, all to be worked in fine thread from pages of complex charts.

https://pieceworkmagazine.com/herbert-niebling-grand-master-of-lace-knitting/


Clarissa Callesen: Sculpting new life from old textiles

Clarissa Callesen is known for her textural sculptures and installations made with found objects and recycled materials. Her creations are visually stimulating, with the appearance of a fermenting, growing mass of textile-covered, stitched and wrapped shapes.

 https://www.textileartist.org/clarissa-callesen-sculpting-new-life-from-old-textiles


Suchitra Mattai, textile installations using colorful vintage saris

“I am interested in giving voice to people whose voices were historically quieted. Using both my own family’s ocean migrations and research on the period of colonial indentured labor during the 19th Century, I seek to expand our sense of “history.” Re-writing this colonial history contributes to contemporary dialogue by making visible the struggles and perseverance of those who lived it. I often focus on women and employ practices and materials associated with the domestic sphere such as embroidery, weaving, etc”

https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2020/09/09/suchitra-mattai/


Red Flags Are Flying at Rockefeller Center

Andy Goldsworthy’s installation seeks to signal anti-imperialism at a notoriously capitalist site.

https://hyperallergic.com/587005/red-flags-andy-goldsworthy-rockefeller-center/


WTA Biennial Chile: a YouTube channel with a tremendous selection of short videos, many of them fiber related:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl6Bs-9eJS_T1uKxZnwGIMg/videos


Fiber craft elevated to art in the hands of an expert at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Mary Weahkee, an archaeologist for the State of New Mexico, was commissioned by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe to re-create the ancient craft of making a blanket from thousands of turkey feathers.

For your Consideration – Artists talk

Online artist talk: Monday June 1st and Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 – 3pm on Zoom – Registration required – https://fiberartspgh.org/programs/online-programs/

This is a free program

Each artist in the exhibition will have a chance to talk about their work.  Merill Comeau, our juror, will give an introduction.  You can text comments and questions via the text box during the Zoom session or email Linda Brown ahead of time (Lsbrown507@gmail.com).

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Techniques, Show and Tell and Exhibitions

Do you know of an event of interest to our members? Please let us know, we want to share!
contact us at web@fiberartspgh.org

Wednesday, May 20: Rachel Rose: Lake Valley
Carnegie Museum of Art is launching its first-ever online exhibition series dedicated to its film and video collection. The series debuts with “Lake Valley,” a video work by Rachel Rose, who was featured in the 57th Carnegie International and the 2017 Venice Biennale. Inspired by 18th- and 19th-century children’s literature, Rose’s dream-like works explore timely themes of loneliness, imagination and personal connection. The online exhibit will be accompanied by virtual educational activities for all ages.

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Events of interest online

Do you know of an event of interest to our members? Please let us know, we want to share!
contact us at web@fiberartspgh.org

Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 PM EDT
Textile Talk: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Fashion and Anti-Fashion: Reflections on Artwear with Melissa Leventon
A Pay-What-You-Can ProgramA special presentation on the history of the Artwear movement by curator and SJMQT board member Melissa Leventon, inspired by her 2005 exhibition Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Melissa has authored or contributed to many exhibition catalogs and journals and teaches fashion history and theory at California College of the Arts. From 2006-2018 she was a senior consultant to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok.
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Happy 2016! Time to PoP, Open FI16 and Meet the Steel City Fiber Collective!

Happy New Year! There is so much to look forward to in 2016. FGP’s public art installation PoP des Fleurs ,designed by Rae Gold, opens at the Carnegie Library main branch in February and continues to PoP throughout the library system leading up to our critically acclaimed Fiberart International 2016 opening at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft in May.

1486678_603550193081916_5088803417974705189_nBut we are not the only group with big plans for the new year. Recently FGP President Susan Swarthout and I met with the newly formed Steel City Fiber Collective. Anna Sylvester, Becca Kreiger, Cheryl Koester and Nora Swisher met through a local Stitch n’ Bitch group and together they saw a need for a warm and inviting place where fiber artists and crafters could meet and share.  Members would join for a fee and have access to space, tools and equipment that is often too expensive or cumbersome to buy as an individual; think Tech shop but devoted to all things fiber and is affordable.

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