Janice Lessman-Moss "#446" (detail) 2015

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features tofu waste turned into a sewable material, political quilts about the treatment of Native Americans throughout history, as well as a collective mending event for community and healing.


Ann Roth Bazaar 2015, cotton fabric, fiber reactive dyes, 130″ x 50″.

1) “How Microbatch Textiles Became Cool” by Tim McKeough looks at the rise of boutique textile companies and how the desire for the handmade and digital innovations made these businesses possible (via The New York Times).

2) “The Broken Promises of American Indian Treaties, Sewn onto Quilts” by Rachel Elizabeth Jones examines the work of Gina Adams, who work articulates the deception and violence used to marginalize Native Americans in the formation of the United States (via Hyperallergic).

3) The application for the Hill House Artist Residency in Bellaire, Michigan is fast approaching! Any musician, writer, theater/performance, and visual artist should apply by April 1st, 2017.

4) Artist Mary Vaneecke talk about how her piece Abuela Reads the Headlines caused some controversy at the most recent Tucson Quilters Guild Quilt Fiesta!, and how the venue stepped up and refused to take down and censor the work.

5) Designers at XXLab in Yogyakarta, Indonesia have created a way to take tofu production-related waste and turn it into a leather-like material to create clothing and decrease water pollution (via AJ+).

6) Foreshadowing – Endangered & Threatened Plant Species, a new series by Jane Kramer, highlights invasive and native plant species by photographing the shadows of endangered and threatened Michigan plants, and transferring them onto on handmade paper created from invasive plants (via Paper Slurry).

7) This video on India’s art of hand block textile printing is sure to inspire (via Heritage Textiles).

8) Action: Make Do And Mend by the Mending Collective and 100 Days of Action is an event to for people to share sensory, economic, and social experiences of mending together. The Event is held at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California on Sunday, March 5th from 2:00-5:00pm , so if you’re in the area, go check it out.

9) Atlas Obscura recently featured 66 different museums each dedicated to one very specific thing, and there are quite a few textile ones that fall on the list!

10) These knitted moths by Max Alexander have a good sense of humor and irony when it comes to combining wool yarn and moths together in one piece (via KnitHacker).

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