Here is a December web update of news from the fiber art world. Check out our January/February 2008 issue for more news, including:
A tribute to Lenore Tawney by Kathleen Nugent Mangan
Fiber art in Mr. Magorium’s movie
Recent artist projects involving Red Bull cans, diversity flags, and vanity sizing
Recent grants from Friends of Fiber Art International.
Young-Soon Kim, The Endlessly Reaching Loving Hands 01, 1998; natural dyes, ramie, hemp; hand stitching; 35 1/2" x 35 1/2". From the Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition to be mounted in Philadelphia March 7–April 5.
SHOPPING! | FIBER IN PHILLY THIS SPRING | CHANGES AT THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL | MUSEUM NEWS | KENTUCKY FIBER ART STAR | SCHOOL NEWS | ART, NATURE, CREATIVITY, LIFE | MELODIC COMMISSION | FOR A GOOD CAUSE | GALLERY NEWS
Left A note card from Karin Birch’s
Karin Birch has a new series of note cards for sale that showcase her hand-embroidered and beaded pieces. Each package of cards contains twelve blank note cards with matching envelopes featuring images of her Transition series of work. Birch was profiled in the January/February 2005 issue of Fiberarts.
Sublime Stitching has begun selling finished goods on its website. Hand-stitched journals and tea towels are the first two items of what is planned as an expanding line of products available for purchase. The embroideries of proprietor Jenny Hart were featured in our September/October 2006 issue.
Right Sublime Stitching’s yoga journal.
FIBER IN PHILLY THIS SPRING
Some exciting events are planned in Philadelphia in March and April 2008.
-A symposium, Materiality and Meaning: Examining Fiber and Material Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture, organized by artist/educators Warren Seelig and Mi-Kyoung Lee, will take place at the University of the Arts March 6–8. The symposium “will address issues about the state of contemporary fiber, textiles, and material studies and will interrogate, debate, and consider the place of fiber and textiles as an expressive force at this time.” The keynote speaker is artist and former Cranbrook director Gerhardt Knodel.
-Part of the focus of the symposium will be on contemporary Korean textile art. Mi-Kyoung Lee is curating a Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition in the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald Wolf Gallery March 7–April 5. Included are pieces by twenty-one established and emerging Korean material artists, ranging from tapestries to contemporary interpretations of the patchwork technique known as bojagi or pojagi. Artists Chunghie Lee, Sun-Hak Kang, and Hyuk Kwon will speak at the symposium.
-The symposium is timed with the opening of Snyderman-Works Galleries’ Sixth International Fiber Biennial, which will be on view March 7–April 20. Organized by gallery director Bruce Hoffman, this exhibition will include work by seventy-five artists.
-In April, a conference, Breaking New Ground, sponsored by the Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates, will take place April 5–9 at Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania (twenty miles from downtown Philly). Highlights include keynote speakers (Susan Brandeis, Michael James, Judith James), concurrent sessions (topics such as thinking green, getting unstuck, and getting your work published), and workshops.
-The conference is timed with the opening of ArtQuilt Elements 2008 (formerly ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick), which will be on view April 4–May 18 at the Wayne Art Center.
-More than a dozen area galleries and museums, including Gross McCleaf Gallery and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, are also mounting fiber-related exhibitions in March and April. There’ll be a lot to do and see!
From the Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition:
Phil-Nam Yun, Meditation, 2006; cotton and silk fabric; 45 1/4" x 30 1/3".
From the Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition:
Burn-Soo Song, The Letter from Iraq, 2006; wool; plain weave; 7 1/2' x 9'.
From the Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition:.
Shin-Ja Lee, The Han River; wool, synthetic thread; 25 1/2" x 61'.
From the Contemporary Korean Fiber Exhibition:.
Soo-Chul Park, My Family in 1982, 2003; wool; tapestry; 35 1/2" x 5 1/4'.
CHANGES AT THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL |
On November 26, the ACC announced that executive director Carmine Branagan had resigned earlier in the month to pursue new opportunities. The organization’s new deputy director, Andrew Glasgow, has stepped into the role of acting executive director. Glasgow was until recently the executive director of the Furniture Society.
The Deborah S. Pulliam Memorial Endowment Fund has been established at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, in remembrance of the late Deborah Pulliam, whose passion for textile arts led to her donation of a $1 million challenge grant through the Maine Community Foundation. The generous grant required that the museum raise $1 million in matching funds by June 30, 2007; it succeeded in reaching this goal by May 17. The museum is also making plans to remember Pulliam, a noted textile artist, historian, and writer, by naming a knitting display in her honor in the new Textiles in Americacoreexhibit.
On October 20, community members joined fiber pieces they had knitted, crocheted, and woven to form a quarter-mile link between the Mint Museum of Craft + Design and the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Threads of the Community event coincided with FiberArt International 2007, still on view at the Mint through February 24.
Threads of the Community in Charlotte, North Carolina
In October, the Textile Museum
in Washington, D.C., honored Lloyd E. Cotsen with its 2007 George Hewitt Myers Award. Named for the museum’s founder and given by the its board of trustees, the award for lifetime achievement recognizes the philanthropist and collector’s exceptional contributions to the study and understanding of the textile arts. “Over the course of many years, Lloyd Cotsen has given textiles of the most varied type and origin broad public exposure through the textile collections he has formed,” said Bruce P. Baganz, president of the museum’s board. “Cotsen has made this material accessible and more comprehensible to the general public through the generosity of gifts, loans, publications, establishment of study rooms, and financial support.”
KENTUCKY FIBER ART STAR
Alonzo Arturo Sandoval was given a Kentucky Star Award on November 6. The nationally known fiber artist is an art professor at the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Star Award is generally considered a lifetime achievement award for Kentuckians who have made significant artistic contributions. A bronze plaque in the shape of a star with Sandoval’s name and signature will be embedded into the sidewalk in downtown Lexington.
Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland recently launched a new brand identity to celebrate its 100-year history and its status as one of the few private art colleges in the country to offer an accredited BFA in Craft degree. In the school’s new logo, the circular letterforms “o-c-a-c” are placed in a square formation to create a stamp, a reference to the historical artist’s mark, which connotes a masterful, completed work imbued with meaning, ownership, and legacy. The school wishes to emphasize that “‘craft’ is no longer defined by a historical art movement or disciplines categorized by materials; rather, craft is a philosophy from which art is taught.” A capital-campaign expansion project including three new studios, a library, and a new public center and gallery is set to begin construction in May.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
in Deer Isle, Maine,
has released two new monographs in the series it started in 1990 to address issues related to contemporary crafts. I Tinker, Therefore I Am
(#19) is by Australian writer/photographer Mark Thomson, who was a visiting writer at Haystack in August 2006. Craft and Community: Sustaining Place
(#20) documents a 2006 Haystack symposium in which forty-five invited craftspeople, architects, designers, educators, and writers investigated how groups use and transform materials and the impact that specific spaces and locations have within communities. The monographs can be purchased for $4.50 each, including postage and handling; to order, call the school at (207) 348-2306.
ART, NATURE, CREATIVITY, LIFE
Virginia Spiegel has released a new web-based book titled Art, Nature, Creativity, Life. The book features expanded versions of the artist’s e-newsletters, and can be read online after being purchased. All proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society through the Fiberarts For a Cause program, which she founded in honor of her father, a colon cancer survivor, and in support of her sister, chair of the Forest Lake, Minnesota, Relay For Life.
MELODIC COMMISSION | Nancy Hoskins of Eugene, Oregon, has finished a piece commissioned by Peter Moore for Helmuth Rilling, artistic director and conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival. Nancy’s silk and cotton wall hanging was completed in July.
Nancy Hoskins, Homage to Bach, 2007; taqueté weaving with silk weft and cotton warp; 9"x 16".
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
OnePixelataTime.org, a website supported by the National NeedleArts Association’s Stitch to Win Against Breast Cancer campaign, allows visitors to help fight breast cancer by buying a pixel on its website. The pixels purchased help complete a computer image of the Breast Cancer Research stamp, and each pixel sold helps to fund Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), the National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)’s nonprofit partner. Once every pixel has been filled in, the site will have raised nearly $3 million for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. As part of the campaign, TNNA sponsored the creation of five wall-hanging interpretations of the Breast Cancer Research stamp that was originally designed by artist Whitney Sherman. Needlepoint, crocheted, cross-stitched, embroidered, and knitted versions were completed in 2006.
TNNA’s Sherry Mulne, the project coordinator, and Arlayne Searle, a participant in the fall 2006 LBBC conference in Philadelphia, with the crocheted version of the stamp, created by Todd Paschall and students from Atlanta.
Maine Fiberarts celebrated its reopening on Topsham’s Main Street in September after the completed expansion of its networking center and gallery space. The event featured a display of art quilts by husband-and-wife team Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (see Fiberarts, September/October 2007). The mission of Maine Fiberarts is to support artists, craftspeople, and farmers working in fiber.
Wilton, Connecticut–based dealer browngrotta arts has launched a new website. The site features multiple new ways to search for artwork and includes artist profiles, blogs, podcasts, books, and more. Included is a demonstration of how browngrotta uses computer imagery for “installing” works into digital photos, allowing potential buyers to preview a work in their personal space before purchasing.
That’s all the news for now. Check the magazine, and sign up for our free e-newsletter, for more news and notes from the fiber world!