Lia Cook "Spatial Ikat II" 1977

Friday Fibers Roundup

From new advancements in silkworm technology to the costumes of the show Outlander, this week’s Friday Fibers Roundup is jam-packed with some awesome textile links to top off your week.

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Hope Alcorn April Showers, acrylic on canvas, cut and woven, 10″x14″

1) Filmmaking duo Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels recently created The Garden Ape, a stop motion short, as part of a promotional campaign for Wonderlijk Wild (Miraculously Wild) in an effort to encourage home gardening in Belgium.

2) Nicolette Brunklaus learned traditional knotting techniques during a residency, and is now presenting her interpretation with the series of Acoustic Tapestries at the Dutch Design Week (via Domus).

3) These fantastic photographs of Bauhaus costume parties illustrate the bewitching and sculptural nature of what students and faculty created at the renowned design school in the 1920’s (via Curbed).

4) Andrea Meyer’s fabric sculptures blend sculptural forms with painting and fiber art to create work that explores the spaces between two- and three-dimensional art (via Hi-Fructose).

5) The permanent collection at the Fashion Institute of Technology currently includes something like 50,000 garments and accessories, and due to overstock, they’re downsizing with a two-day auction (via Messy Nessy).

6) This review of “Eva Hesse’s Diaries” by Barry Schwabsky shows some of the secondary work that Hesse created during her prolific, yet short career. (via Hyperallergic).

7) “Managing 100,000 Buttons Without Going Mad: Designing ‘Outlander’s’ 18th-Century Paris” by Susan Karlin spotlights the collaboration between Terry Dresbach and Jon Gary Steele to create the lavish Parisian baroque fashion of the show Outlander (via Co.Create).

8) “Silkworms Spin Super-Silk after Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene” by Prachi Patel looks at how researchers have reported a clever way to make silk threads even stronger: by feeding silkworms graphene or single-walled carbon nanotubes (via Scientific American).

9) Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’ installation, Penelope, was created from piercing the walls of a Sao Paulo chapel with massive amounts of red yarn and letting it trail into the surrounding grassy environment (via Colossal).

10) The running stitch is one of the most versatile embroidery stitches in the world, and this blog post by Julie B Booth examines many different ways to apply the stitch.

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