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Jan/Feb 2007

Sampling: A Showcase of Accessories
News & Notes from the Fiber World
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News & Notes from the Fiber World

Here is the latest news from the fiber world.

Check out our January/February 2007 issue for news and notes from the fiber world, including:

  • Bernadett Páger’s wearable felt
  • SweaterLodge installation in Canada’s pavilion at the Venice biennale
  • Joanna Staniszkis’s Silk Project
  • Career transitions
  • Mary Lynn O’Shea’s garments and upholstery
  • Art quilt news: a TV show, a copyright case, and a conference
  • Emerging artist awards
  • And more

Here, some additional notes:


Our January/February 2007 issue focuses on art to wear. In 2005, we compiled some related listings: a directory of galleries and museums that show and sell artist-made clothing and a list of resources for learning more about this type of work. Check them out to further your creative making or dressing!

The Fiberart For A Cause fabric-postcard project raised $58,000, “$30 at a time,” at November’s International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, announced organizer Virginia Spiegel. Artists donated fabric postcards, and festivalgoers who donated $30 to the American Cancer Society could select one to take home. Festival organizer Karey Bresenham provided display space and support. In eighteen months, the project has raised $110,000 for the cancer organization. The next fund-raiser will be a spring 2007 online reverse auction (in which postcards by invited artists start at a fixed price, which drops each successive day).

Lura Schwarz Smith, Second Thoughts; computer-printed digital image of part of a larger art quilt of hers, cut up, fused with other fabrics, inked, stitched; 6" x 4". Smith created this postcard for the Fiberarts For A Cause fund-raiser.

The Canada Council for the Arts announces that it will increase its funding to arts organizations and individual artists, as well as to activities aimed at improving public access to the arts, as a result of the increase to its parliamentary appropriation announced in last May’s Canadian federal budget. The federal budget provided a total of Can$50 million in new money over the 2006–2007 and 2007–2008 fiscal years. The council plans to allocate its funds based on the following priorities (the plan is subject to approval of the new funds by Parliament):

  • Enhancing the work of Canada’s highest-achieving arts organizations in all regions of the country, including symphony orchestras, theater, dance, new music, and opera companies; art galleries, art museums, and artist-run centers; book publishers and arts and literary magazines; and organizations involved in the production of film, video, and new media
  • Providing increased support to individual artists across Canada in all artistic disciplines
  • Increasing support for activities aimed at increasing public access to the arts and bringing the arts to Canadian and international audiences.

The Canada Council for the Arts was created by Parliament in 1957 with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.” The council will turn fifty on March 28, 2007. Artists and arts organizations in 510 different communities across Canada received more than Can$132 million in funding from the Council last year.


  • Carol Dean Krute, curator of costume and textiles for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, for fifteen years, died in May 2006 at the age of sixty-five. Krute developed a small but significant fiber art collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum, including work by Jack Lenor Larsen, Ed Rossbach, and Sheila Hicks. Although she retired in 2005, she had continued to work on exhibitions for the museum, including its current exhibition, Crewel World (through February 25).
  • Valerie Pragnell, an environmental sculptor, artist, and basket maker, died in August 2006 at the age of sixty-four. Her work focused on the increasingly fragile relationship humans have with the natural world. Pragnell lived and worked in Scotland, and donations in her memory will be used to restore trees in the Caledonian Forest.
  • Muriel Castanis, a sculptor who frequently worked in fabric, died in November 2006 at the age of eighty. She was known for her fabric-and-epoxy-resin figures and had been exhibiting work since 1968.

Feeling the need for a getaway? Our April/May 2007 issue will focus on travel and journeys. In the meantime, we’ve updated our web list of upcoming textile tours.



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