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Fiberarts - November/December 2009
November/December 2009

 
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Contents
More work and artists’ statements from our student showcase finalists.
Videos on Nick Cave’s soundsuits.
The making of Janet Echelman’s She Changes.
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Inside the November/December 2009 Issue

Volume 36  Number 3
Clare Plug, Polar Dreams 2

ON THE COVER: Janet Echelman, Her secret is patience, 2009; painted galvanized steel, changing sets of recyclable high-tenacity polyester braided twine netting, and color lighting; 145' x 353' x 289'. Civic Space Park, downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Echelman’s large-scale public installations are the subject of the feature on page 34. Photo: Craig Smith.

ABOVE: Clare Plug, Polar Dreams 2, 2009; found Antarctic marker flags, cotton mattress ticking, cotton cloth; discharged, machinepieced, appliquéd, quilted; 45" x 68". Image courtesy of Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier, New Zealand. Photo: David Frost.

Features

BIG AS ALL OUTDOORS
by Kathleen Vanesian
Janet Echelman expands the sky with colossal fiber sculptures that respond to natural elements and reshape urban environments.

2009 STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our fifth annual student showcase features work being produced in colleges and universities both in the United States and internationally..

LACE IN TRANSLATION
by Jacqueline Ruyak
A rarely seen lace collection in Philadelphia has inspired a handful of acclaimed artists and designers to create exciting new large-scale work.

BAUHAUS TEXILES: A LEGACY OF FEMALE HANDS
by Cynthia Elyce Rubin
Nearly a century after its inception, the Bauhaus school’s Weaving Workshop continues to influence contemporary textile appreciation, production, and design.

IMAGINATION ACTIVIST
by Susan Taber Avila
Joyful, fantastic, mesmerizing: all words that leap to mind when attempting to describe the wearable—and audible—creations of Nick Cave.

Departments

Creative Process
Janice Arnold: The Palace Yurt

Profiles
Louise Saxton | Andrea Mastrovito

Practical Matters
How to Photograph Your Fiber Art

Collecting
At Home with Mary Fisher

Reviews
Isabelle de Borchgrave | Clare Plug

Travel & Traditions
Frankfurt Christmas Market | Tree Cozies Enliven Downtown | Connecting with Universities in China

Curtains
Jennifer Cecere: Doilies at Large

Fourth Street
Letters
Contributors
Commentary
News & Notes
Previews
Books
Exhibition Catalogs
Current & Coming
Competitions & Opportunities
Bazaar
Classifieds
Resources

Jodi Stevens, Resting Place ABOVE: Jodi Stevens, Resting Place, 2009; yarn; dimensions variable. MFA Artisanry/Fibers, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Photo: Eden Reiner.

Nick Cave, SOUNDSUIT
ABOVE: Nick Cave, SOUNDSUIT, 2009; human hair, fabric, metal armature; 8' x 36" x 18". Image courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Photo: James Prinz.


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