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News & Notes from the Fiber World

Here is the latest news from the fiber world.


Check out our November/December 2006 issue for more news, including:

  • In Memoriam: Quilt National’s Hilary Morrow Fletcher
  • NYC’s Museum of Arts & Design celebrates fifty years
  • Recent student awards
  • Innovative felted chairs
  • Jacqueline Govin, advocate for textile art
  • And more




  • Artwear Fashion Week was held in September at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The week’s events, which benefit the center’s Visual Arts Program, kicked off with a fashion show of invited and juried garments. The top award of $500, sponsored by Fiberarts, was given to the flowing shibori-pleated Copper Tails by Grace A. Meacham and Karren K. Brito.

Grace A. Meacham and Karren K. Brito’s feather-pleated halter jacket, with an open back and tails to the floor, and bias-cut pants with a cowl at the ankles.

  • Three of Mary Snyder Behrens’s Trammel Boxes (three-dimensional stitched collages) were awarded Best of Show in Iowa Exhibited 21 at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. The annual exhibit highlights the talents of Iowa artists.

Three works from Behrens’s Trammel Box series. LEFT: Reparation Box, 2004; cloth, thread, waxed twine, pin, nails, metal, charcoal; assemblage over metal form; 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1". MIDDLE: Home II, 2005; cloth, thread, twine, ink; assemblage over metal form; 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1". RIGHT: White Wish III, 2005; cloth, thread, twine, paper, pin, pastel, acrylic; assemblage over metal form; 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1". Photos by the artist.

  • Winners of awards at the Fiber Arts Network of Michigan’s second biennial exhibit, New Fibers 2006, have been announced. Akemi Nakano Cohn won Best of Show ($1,000) for her piece Trace-1. Judy L. Kahle won first place ($750) for Messages Never Sent. Anne Percy Knott won the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Award ($500) for Redemption 2. The show, exhibited in Grand Rapids this summer, was open to artists in the Great Lakes states and was juried by artist Cynthia Schira. A catalog is available: to order, send $5 (check payable to Fiber Arts Network) to Jill Ault, 2531 Meade Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
  • LongHouse Reserve, founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, honored artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and eco-friendly fashion designer Christina Kim at its summer benefit,Heightened Perspective,on July 22. The gala celebrated creativity and new approaches to cuisine and horticulture, design and nature. Christo and Jeanne-Claude received a LongHouse Gold Medal, and Kim received the first-ever LongHouse Design Award. Working with craftspeople from around the world, Kim also produced an installation for the benefit.

Jack Larsen presenting Christo and Jeanne-Claude with the LongHouse Reserve Gold Medal. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez. Courtesy of LongHouse Reserve.

  • Riitta-Liisa Haavisto’s Summer Girl won Coats Crafts UK’s Anchor Award for most outstanding exhibit at the Embroiderers’ Guild’s international biennial exhibition, art of the STITCH. Other Anchor Award winners included Ton of Holland for Family (International Award), Colin Jenkins for Purge (Innovation Award), and Viv Scott for Metal Trunk Reworked (Student Award). The exhibit’s last venue is Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, England, where it is on display through November 19.

Riitta-Liisa Haavisto, Summer Girl, 2005; linen, silk, cotton; handstitched; 9" x 9". Photo: Matti Huuhka.

  • The Alliance for American Quilts has announced the winners of its Put a Roof Over Our Head contest. The winning quilt, Our House, was a group quilt made by Keti Kasrashivili, Irina Lavrinenko, and Nino Chargeishvili of Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia. Second place, At Home in the Mountains, was created by Ann Holmes of Asheville, North Carolina; and third place, Diversity Under One Roof, was created by Ellen Levine, also of Asheville. The contest and traveling exhibit were organized in celebration of the organization’s move to Asheville. The seventy-four quilts, all of which were donated by the artists, will travel around the country (they can be seen November 4–5 at the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild show at the Shelburne Museum’s Coach Barn in Shelburne, Vermont) and then will be auctioned in December 2007. All proceeds will benefit the organization. A CD catalog of the exhibition is for sale.

Keti Kasrashivili, Irina Lavrinenko, and Nino Chargeishvili, Our House, 2006; cotton; painted, fused, machine quilted; 19 1/2" x 15". Photo: Karen Musgrave.


  • PAULA GUSTAFSON passed away July 11 following a brief struggle with cancer. She was sixty-five. Gustafson established Artichoke magazine—highlighting the creativity of Canadian artists and reaching throughout the international community. She was also the editor of Galleries West magazine, which covers Western Canada, until a week before her death. She acted as a mentor for new writers and artists and also wrote, edited, and published several books on art and craft. You can read a tribute by her daughter online.
  • DR. ARLENE RAVEN, feminist writer and art historian, died August 1 of cancer at age sixty-two. Raven was a friend and mentor to several generations of artists. She cofounded the Feminist Studio Workshop, part of the Women’s Building in Los Angeles, where she helped to create and edit Chrysalis, a magazine of women’s culture. Raven received numerous awards and honorary degrees, wrote and lectured extensively, and was a pioneering advocate of women’s art. NYC’s Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has posted an obituary.
  • PATRICIA DANDIGNAC, the managing editor of American Craft magazine, died May 13 of cancer. According to the magazine, she joined the staff of Craft Horizons in 1957 (Craft Horizons became American Craft in 1979) and had played a key role at the magazine over the decades.


An excellent opportunity to see work in fiber will come this fall in Chicago. In addition to the annual SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) Chicago expo (to be held this year November 10–12, with an opening-night reception on November 9), and numerous gallery exhibitions (see our Current & Coming listings), Friends of Fiber Art International is mounting a large exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. This show, titled Material Difference: Soft Sculpture and Wall Works, marks the fifteenth anniversary of Friends of Fiber Art; 150 pieces by some of the field’s pioneers as well as emerging artists will be on view from November 4 to January 7, 2007.

Fiberarts will sponsor a panel discussion about collecting fiber—the who, why, and how—at SOFA Chicago on Saturday, November 11, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Polly Ullrich, curator of Material Difference, will share her observations from visiting fiber-art collections in preparation for the exhibition. Jane Sauer, owner and director of Jane Sauer Thirteen Moons Gallery in Santa Fe, will talk about the nuts and bolts of getting started in collecting fiber art. Two collectors, Sharon Hoogendoorn and Cathy Wice, will share what inspires them to collect fiber art, how they choose pieces, and how they display the pieces in their homes among artwork in other media. Editor Sunita Patterson will moderate the discussion. Please join us for this event!



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