March 2, 2012
HERE ARE just a few of the many FiberPhiladelphia exhibits and events happening over the next two months. Find out more at fiberphiladelphia.org. Art in City Hall. City Hall, 1st and 2nd floors, NE corner. "Meta-Fiber. " Philadelphia Yarn Bomber Jesse Hemmons, Room 116 (East Portal Market St. entrance). March 12-May 11. Reception 5-7 p.m. March 15. www.phila.gov/artincityhall . B Square Gallery. 614 S. 9th St., 215-625-0692. "Not a Stitch: Group Exhibition," bsquaregallery.com.
March 16, 2012 |
The acceptance, and appreciation, of contemporary crafts have become increasingly more sophisticated in the United States. Decades ago the current level of public attention and sponsorship of craft activity would have been unimaginable; today that growth is almost beyond belief. Certain art galleries have assumed leadership; prominent collectors have bought works to a significant extent; museums are exhibiting recent pieces in a vast number of media, assisted by those collectors. In March and April, it's all about fiber, as the city plays host to Fiber Philadelphia, an international fiber-art extravaganza with exhibitions, events, lectures, and activities at more than 40 venues throughout the region.
March 2, 2012 |
THE EIGHT ARTISTS in the show "A Sense of Place" introduce you to fiber art as perhaps you've never seen it: * Royal ceremonial raiment made of pounded tree bark from Hawaii by Wendeanne Ke'Aka Stitt; * hogs' gut-covered tree "teeth" found on the forest floors of Maine by Pat Hickman; * shredded remains of Vietnam War-era nurses uniforms turned into a hammock by Ke-Sook Lee; * and a doll house by Amy Orr that is...
March 18, 1994 |
It's not immediately apparent when you see it, but "Floored Art," at the Paley Design Center of Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, is an exhibition on a mission from God. First, it seeks to prove that craft art in general, and fiber art in particular, need not be subordinate to fine art in aesthetic impact. It democratizes art by providing examples that any person could have in the home. It insists that women as well as men can produce art of high quality. And, for good measure, its roster of participating artists is multicultural.
March 2, 2012 |
Amy Orr, beaming a kilowatt smile, almost jumps from her chair when she talks about FiberPhiladelphia 2012, the citywide celebration of textile and fiber art she has spent the last two years organizing with Bruce D. Hoffman. Orr is a fiber artist, Moore College faculty member, and the biennial event's director; Hoffman, an independent curator, was part of the Snyderman-Works Gallery's groundbreaking 1998 fiber exhibition, which sparked what has become an event of international scope, stretching from Friday's opening till the end of April.
October 25, 1992 |
One of the suburbs' rare autumnal treats is a trio of lustrous exhibits at three cultural centers - in Haverford, Jenkintown and Wallingford. Neighborhood art centers seldom give quality craft-arts their due, paying attention instead to art on a grander scale, in flashier materials or by hobbyists and children. Proving the exception now, however, is Main Line Center of the Arts with its sparsely elegant "29th Annual Craft Exhibit. " Two kinds of ambition are involved here.
September 9, 1990 |
Art and craft may have become more closely allied in recent years, a development that has caused considerable confusion and generated some heated discussion, but they have not become interchangeable. Yet just because craft continues to represent certain values unique to it - particularly a concern for structure, process and materials and a reverence for tradition - it is no less capable than art of engaging the intellect, the senses and the emotions. One might even argue that the work of some craft artists is more challenging in those aspects than much of what passes today for contemporary painting and sculpture.
December 11, 1988 |
What started off as a crazy challenge has turned into a national competition. Barbara Spittler, owner of Grandmother's Patches, a needlework store on Route 100 in Eagle, had an unusual quilting fabric from the Hoffman Co. in Mission Viejo, Calif. "It was really kind of ugly," Spittler recalled with a laugh. "It had a black background with a Mardi Gras-type design on it. I had it at my display at the National Quilting Association Show in Easton this past winter. Two nationally known quilters saw the fabric and one challenged the other to make a quilt out of it using only the fabric.
October 29, 1998 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, one of the largest and most prestigious in the country, opened its 22d edition last night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with a preview party and the awarding of prizes to 13 participating artists. The show continues through Sunday. Besides three best-of-show awards selected by a special jury, seven awards were made by sponsors for work in particular media. Another sponsored prize was given in connection with a special display of handcrafted masks.
January 29, 2012 |
If fiber art still brings your mom's macrame to mind, rather than the awesome textile sculptures of Sheila Hicks or Nick Cave, you've clearly not been getting enough of it. So plan to hang out in some galleries and museums when FiberPhiladelphia 2012, this year's iteration of the biennial international and regional festival, takes over the city in March and April with exhibitions of fiber/textile art planned for more than 40 venues. Also this spring, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation are everywhere in Philadelphia galleries in equal measure, while group shows, formerly relegated to summer and recessions, have become the main event.