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Fiberarts - November/December 2010
November/December 2010

 
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Contents
Louise Bourgeois: Stitching Salvation
Margot Quan Knight’s Mirror Quilts
2010 Student Showcase
Margarita Cabrera’s Space in Between
3-D animation into Jacquard Weaving
Updated exhibition and competition listings
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Inside the November/December 2010 Issue

Volume 37  Number 3

Everyday
ABOVE: Kanako Namura, Untitled (mark-making through folding) (detail), 2009; fiber-reactive dye; shibori resist on cotton sateen; 27" x 29". MFA Textiles, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Photo: Kim Snyder.

ON THE COVER: Margarita Cabrera, Candaleria Cabrera: Nopal (detail), 2010; repurposed border patrol uniforms, thread, copper wire, foam, terra cotta pot; hand-embroidered; 41" x 59" x 34". Made collaboratively with Margarita Cabrera and partly commissioned by the Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, 2010. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

Features

THREE DIMENSIONS IN FIBER
by Claudia Herbst-Tait
Digital arts professor Claudia Herbst-Tait makes the cerebral tangible through a series of gestural Jacquard weavings that begin as three-dimensional computer animations.

MANUFACTURING INTERVENTIONS
by Gabriel Craig
The recent soft sculptures of Margarita Cabrera, made collaboratively with immigrant textile workers, are embroidered with poignant personal narratives and potent political commentary.

SLOPPY CRAFT
by Elissa Auther, Susan Kunimatsu, and Mung Lar Lam
A new aesthetic called “sloppy craft” has emerged in the field of contemporary fiber art. In this feature article, we take a closer look at the historical roots of this controversial movement and meet two of its most active proponents.

AURA QUILTS
by Sabrina Gschwandtner
Anna Von Mertens creates vibrant hand-dyed and handstitched art quilts based on the auras of famous paintings.

2010 STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our sixth annual student showcase features work being produced in colleges and universities both in the United States and internationally.

Departments

Creative Process
Turning Uniforms into Handmade Paper | Art Cloth | No-Rules Knitting

Profiles
Margot Quan Knight | Nendo

Reviews
The International Triennial of Tapestry | Liz Whitney Quisgard

Travel & Traditions
Threads of Tradition

Curtains
Pip Culbert: Process of Elimination

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

Energy: Our Heirloom ABOVE: Anna Von Mertens, Madame X’s aura, after John Singer Sargent (detail), 2009; cotton, cotton batting; hand-dyed, handstitched; 83" x 43¼". Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Photo: Don Tuttle Photography.

Anthropodino
ABOVE: Josh Faught, Triage (detail), 2009; hemp, nail polish, spray paint, indigo, logwood, toilet paper, greeting cards, pins, books, plaster, yarn, handmade wooden sign, denim, gloves; 80" x 120". Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Cooley Fine Art, New York.

Everyday
ABOVE: Anne-Gry Løland (Norway), Monuments (detail), 2009; fabric; appliquéd, devoré, printed; 112¼" x 111". This work is included in the International Triennial of Tapestry in Lódz´, Poland. Image courtesy of the Central Museum of Textiles in Lódz´, Poland. Photo: Monique Lehman.


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