Rachel Wallis "Gone but not Forgotten"

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup spotlights multiple calls for artwork, papers, and events, as well a critical look into the connections between weaving and the digital.


Ruth Tabancay Microbiology Lab Series 30 2016, hand embroidery, fabric, embroidery floss, petri dishes, 1″ x 33″ x 25″.

1) The Material Turn Project is a call for a series of events that encourage scholarship, building critical dialogue, and showcasing visual artifacts created around the theme of materializing data through textiles. The deadline for applying is January 7th, 2017.

2) A series of fires recently damaged buildings at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, as well as Gatlinburg, TN. 

3) Aki Inomata gave female bagworms clippings of garments for them to transform their protective cases as a comment on female consumer culture in Japan (via Colossal).

4) In “Is Weaving an Ancient Digital Art?”, Helen Longstreth explores how traditional craft and computer coding may appear to be miles apart, but they represent our continued attempt to capture and encode information (via POSTmatter).

5) We are sadden by the passing of Teri Rofkar, innovative Tlingit weaver. Rofkar was internationally renowned for her baskets and textiles, made from cedar, spruce tree roots, and mountain goat wool collected along Sitka’s shores. She was 60 years old.

6) SDA President, Astrid Bennett, attended the 10th International Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico. On her blog, Astrid shares her experience of indigo dyeing with two local families, the Federico Chavez Family and the Jacobo Mendoza Family.

7) Dorothy Caldwell’s exhibition, From There to Here: Small Investigations is on display at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, Ontario until December 23rd, 2016.

8) The deadline for applications for Natural Fibers Conference is fast approaching. Submit your abstracts online until December 15th, 2016.

9) This stunning video of a pleated dress has been making its way around the internet and going viral lately.

10) Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Fabian Schubert poke fun at plein air painting with a collaborative project of humorous photographs by Schubert, where instead of painting the breathtaking views, in der Beek paints the pattern of his shirt instead (via Colossal).

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