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New Threads

New Threads: Unraveling Traditions in Fiber

October 2 – October 27, 2017
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 30, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Imagine a needlepoint: do you perhaps envision a quaint depiction of flowers or a comforting inspirational saying? How about a cat behind bars in an animal shelter? Things aren’t like they used to be!

The artists in New Threads: Unraveling Traditions in Fiber reinterpret conventional approaches to the use of fiber in surprising, inventive, expansive, and subversive ways. Imagine now a tapestry of a text message on a phone screen, shredded currency stitched together into brocade patterns, a portrait made with buttons and thread, a sculpture that is half horse hair, half shadow, a drawing rendered in wool on paper, a mutant figure formed from felt, or delicate crocheted doilies in the form of toxic molecules. The possibilities in the use of fiber as an art medium have exploded in recent years. More and more artists are harnessing the materials and craft of textiles that have been handed down through countless generations to explore new forms and communicate utterly contemporary issues and ideas.




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