"Loose Threads," Laura Thomas

Friday Fibers Roundup

From the marrying of technology and fiber, to simply adorable embroidered necklaces, this Friday Fibers Roundup features an array of historical, contemporary, and technical fiber work. We are also celebrating the release of our latest Surface Design Journal, “The Body Embellished“, so we’ve included a video related to the article “Recreating The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries.”

Teddy Milder Untitled Handmade abaca paper, shibori string, wood panel (2016) Photo: Sybila Savage.

Teddy Milder Untitled fulled wool on silk; stitched with white silk thread (2015) (Photo: Sybila Savage)

1) War Laces made in Belgium during World War I are an important part of the Division of Home and Community Life‘s Textile Collection. While not currently on display, you can explore this virtual gallery of images.

2) A collaboration between Trisha Andrew and Marianne Fairbanks might lead to the use of solar panels being woven into clothes (via Smithsonian).

3) Featured in our latest Surface Design Journal, this video shows the completion of the Unicorn Tapestry, The West Dean College’s biggest tapestry project in 100 years.

4) Serena Garcia Dalla Vanezi’s hand sewn fabric ball arrangements are so beautiful and enticing (via The Jealous Curator).

5) Chromosonic, an experimental electronic textile project by Judit Eszter Karpati, features fabric that changes colors with the help of an Arduino (via Prosthetic Knowledge).

6) A vibrant flower carpet made up of more than 600,000 blooms lined Brussels’ Grand Place, celebrating 150 years of Belgo-Japanese friendship (via designboom).

7) “Meet the $1 Billion Ethical Fashion Retailer You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” by Kate Harrison looks at Cotton On Group, Australia’s largest fashion retailer and their sourcing ethics (via Forbes).

8) The Ethnobotany Festival  in Occidental, CA on September 24th, 2016 shows the applications of how plants and mushrooms are used by various cultures around the world.

9) September is New York Textile Month, check out all the exhibitions, retailers, and talks on their Program Page.

10) These embroidered pendants by Jessica Blazeks translates iconic paintings into stitches (via My Modern Met).

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