Art cloth is unique because it
can also be transformed - into home furnishings, and into individual special
garments - without being compromised. Cloth can also be collected with the
intent to keep it forever intact. Hung over a rod, displayed against a wooden
screen, draped inside a lighted box, suspended from the ceiling - art cloth
is suited to the world of small and personal spaces. A collection doesn't
have to take up much room. It is interactive in a way few media are.
screen printing, hand painting, beading, embroidery, quilting, weaving -- the
contemporary fiber arts movement is a large umbrella. Fueled by the revival
of handicrafts in the 60s, textile arts and wearable art have become sophisticated
expressions in the last forty years.
Membership in the Studio Art Quilt Assn. on the national level and, locally, the Fiber Artists of San Antonio has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to network with creative and inspiring innovators in this exciting, ever-developing field.
To meet other fiber artists and to learn more about this art form, visit these sites.
http://www.janedunnewold.com - Art Cloth Studio website
http://www.saqa.com - international Studio Art Quilt Assn.
http://www.committedtocloth.com -- British artists Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan
http://www.susiemonday.com - Texas hill country artist Susie Monday
http://www.live2dye.com - California artist Carol Larson
http://www.surfacedesign.org - National Textile Artists Association
http://www.artclothnetwork.com - Art cloth national organization
http://www.dharmatrading.com - Textile and fiber art supplies
http://www.fiberartsmagazine.com - The magazine of textiles