Fiberart International 2013

Ok, so waaaay behind on blogging. That is just  how this ball of wax rolls.

Back in April, I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA for the opening reception and weekend forum for Fiberart International 2013. It. Was. Wonderful.

It was an utterly packed weekend, but it was wonderful to meet so many talented artists.


Standing next to one of two works selected for the show, Revealing Cracks Mandala   Roslyn Ritter – Love Letters This is her mother’s wedding dress, handstitched with text from her father’s love letters to her mother. Gorgeous.

Sandra Jane Heard – Vestiges of Emancipation  One of my favorite works at the show, this stunning work is constructed from vintage tape measures.


Love the depth of detail and the richness of color Susan Hotchkis creates in Once.

 
Isovel Blank – B-Side : Odd to be sure, but that is why I love it.

Some of us were asked to send a selection of process-based resource and materials from our studio practice. I sent a variety of tests, texture samples, and various little things I keep in my visual periphery. That’s also my work, Unable to Divide, to the right.

From here, I’d like to send you to Lizz Aston’s blog. She has two pieces in the show, won an award for her work, and wrote a wonderfully thorough post of the show. No sense in recreating the wheel. You can also view the entire catalog online.

Escape to Create Residency #1 – Falling in Love with Paper

January found me in mostly sunny Florida, in the community that spawned the architectural genre of “New Urbanism” and in the presence of beaches that can compete with any in the world (really). However, I was not on vacation. I was there to work and research and develop and yes, okay, then take a walk along the beach to mull things over. I was taking part in my first artist residency at Escape to Create in Seaside, Florida.

My residency project was founded on the research and development of casting lace techniques that I had begun in the summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. My research began not in fabric, but in paper. Working towards complex forms, I started from the beginning, learning how to fold lengths, widths and any angle into equal divisions without measuring or marking. This image is from the first week.

The table eventually became so layered with mounds of folded paper to the point it became hard to find what I was looking for!

I also worked with exercises to design folded structures using the principles of symmetry. Here is an early and simple example of linear reflection symmetry.

And here are samples using rotational symmetry and their inverted forms.

And then came the more complicated glide reflection, which can result in what I like to call “the sexy paper.” Oh yeah.


Super fun and flexible, but not necessarily something achievable in the type of lace I make currently. Something to think about though…

If you are interested in paper folding forms, I basically used Folding Techniques for Designers – From Sheet to Form by artist and teacher Paul Jackson like a textbook. It looks like he’s coming out with a new publication this month as well! Paul Jackson was also one of the featured origami artists in Between the Folds (available on Netflix), a beautiful and fascinating documentary on paper folding. Watch it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. I’ve watched it multiple times. Really, I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there!

In the next post, I’ll share some my first attempts of casting lace fabric at the residency. Oh, and after our blizzards here in the Midwest, you can sure bet I miss that Florida weather (not to mention the great folks I met down there)!