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.
I was very excited to learn this week that two of my pieces have been accepted into Fiberart International 2013. Sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, these works could tour to different venues for up to two years. The first venue on the roster will be the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (in addition to Pittsburgh, I assume). Jurors chose 81 pieces by 64 artists out of 1,200 works of art by 525 artists from 36 countries. So getting two pieces accepted is nice big shot in the arm.
The chosen works? Revealing Cracks Mandala, which has ehxibited in the 55th Chautauqua Exhibition of Contemporary Art in New York, received Honorable Mention at the Leawood Foundation Arti Gras Exhibition, and is currently on display at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City. So if you are in the KC area and haven’t seen this piece, drop by before December, because this puppy will be gone for a long time. I will be announcing a date for a Lunch & Learn presentation at the Kauffman Conference Center very soon, which will give you a last opportunity to see this work for quite a while and also hear about what I’ve been up to!
The other lucky traveler? Unable to Divide, recently back from Baltimore.
Because of the lengthy touring schedule, the call for artists only goes out every three years. Check out works from the 2010 show here: http://fiberartinternational.org/exhibits