Shea Wilkinson "Puget" (detail) 2015

Friday Fibers Roundup

This week’s Friday Fibers Roundup features multiple exhibition openings, a TED Talk on yarn-bombing, as well as how solitude enriches creative work.

Kate Barber Bind 2016, polyester, linen, cotton, 11” x 9”.

1) “Studying for U.S. Citizenship One Stitch at a Time” by Karen Ducey looks at Aram Han Sifuentes’ project US Citizenship Test Sampler, and what it was like to take part in the workshop (via Features).

2) The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA recently had an exhibition titled, Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California, which featured more than 100 altered and sculptural books, zines, and artist-driven publications made since the 1960s. The exhibit was done in part with a grant from the NEA, and a strong pull to match the money (via the LA Times).

3) “What’s the Environmental Footprint of a T-Shirt?” by Nathan Hurst examines the life cycle of a basic article of clothing and teaches us about the environmental costs of the things we wear (via Smithsonian Magazine).

4) In her TED Talk, “How Yarn Bombing Grew into a Worldwide Movement”, Textile artist Magda Sayeg reflects on her own practice of transforming urban landscapes into her own playground.

5) London-based designer, Gerard Rubi, recently created Kniterate–a compact industrial knitting machine created for designers and entrepreneurs to create one-off garments (via Colossal).

6) The Textiles Artist Blog released an article on “Displaying and Hanging Textile Art” by Anne Kelly, a curator and co-author of “Connected Cloth”.

7) Mayan women hope to trademark textiles to against intellectual property theft as fight for their culture and women’s rights (via CGTV).

8) The exhibition African Print Fashion Now! features the global history of African textiles. The show is on display now at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles, CA through July 30th, 2017 (via Hyperallergic).

9) “Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work” by Maria Popova examines how being alone is good for fostering the creative sole (via Brain Pickings).

10) Curator Christine “C.” Finley created the Whitney Houston Biennial back in March of 2017 as reaction to the amount of white men represented at the Whitney Biennial in New York (via Artnet).

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