Fiber Now: Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge
On view: Thursday, March 14 - Saturday, April 27, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 14 , 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Artists from a wide-range of backgrounds will gather together to exhibit works that feature a common "thread" - fiber! Curated by Jill Parry.
Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 pm
Artists featured in this exhibition will be in the gallery to talk about their work and to answer questions. We will do a walk and talk with them and curator Jill Parry through this interesting show.
Thursday, April 11 at 4:00 pm
It’s tea time! Join Jill Parry, curator of The RAC’s current exhibition, Fiber Now: Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge, for a curator’s walk and talk through the exhibit with tea and cookies.
Fiber Now Community Project
Ages 8 to Adult
Fiber Now Curator, Jill Parry, developed a series of community workshops to coincide with the March 2019 exhibition. These FREE workshops gave attendees a chance to participate on a piece that is now included in the exhibition. Using a variety of textiles, fabrics were wrapped and torn to create texture and then sewn into stretched canvases. Canvases were attached together to make a larger work.
When I first started my journey into Fiber Arts in London in the late 70’s there was a distinct division between the art world and the craft world. Using textiles or textile techniques were considered craft. Today not only are galleries eager to show works in this medium but the Fiber Arts have exploded into the mainstream art world. Today’s artists use fiber to explore many of todays current concerns such as the environment, reflection of our current culture and political issues of the day.
It has become increasingly apparent that in our daily experience with the digital world that contact with the tactile has become more important. Fiber connects us to a sense of place and time through memories of the physical world through touch, from the feeling of clothing to the intimacy of bed sheets. It brings us back down to earth.
The aim of this exhibition is to show the diversity in this genre today. In the work that we see here the artists have used fiber to explore techniques from traditional to experimental, twisting, stitching, construction, cutting, shredding, and incorporating mixed media. They are using textile techniques and unexpected materials in new ways, constructing clothing forms from caution tape, repurposing mops, constructing vessels from plastic bags, creating textures by utilizing the variety of surfaces that fiber can provide and creating outdoor installations.
Enjoy this show for all of its exploration of the fiber world.
Jill Parry, Curator