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 Art Cloth Network 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.
- Art cloth national organization
- National Textile Artists Association
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