Wednesday, September 29, 2010

congratulations to rebecca medel!

rebecca medel, the one, knotted cotton, 750 parts stitched together at perpendicular intersections, 8x8x8 feet

Fibers and Materials Studies Area Head, Professor Rebecca Medel has been awarded a 2010 Aileen Osborn Webb Award of American Craft Fellow in Fiber by the American Craft Council.

She and the other award winners will be recognized at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 1 at the American Craft Council's new home in Minneapolis, MN.

Congratulations, Rebecca!!!

form, not function prospectus

submissions are due October 16 for the annual juried exhibition "Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie." This exhibit draws artists from across the U.S. and includes about $2,000 in awards. The upcoming exhibition will be juried by Rowland Ricketts, Assistant Professor of Textiles at Indiana University; award-winning Ohio fiber artist Judy Rush; and Joanne Weis, mixed-media textile artist and President of the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists. The exhibit will be on view January 7 - March 5, 2011.

The prospectus is available here.

allyson levy

Rhoaeshock Study II, 2008, Encaustic and poppy petals on wood, 15 X 15 , Once There Were Violets, 2003, encaustic, violets, and elm on wood panel, 24 X 24, For Johann, 2008, poppy petals, beeswax on wood panel, 12 X 12
After relocating to rural upstate N.Y., I became keenly aware that the natural environment that surrounded me is never static, but constantly in a state of change. It struck me that I had never noticed the seed keys of a maple tree, or the minute differences in the shape of an ash seed, the swelling of forsythia buds.

By combining natural materials with wax, I to try to capture human interaction with nature. I hope that my treatment of these organic materials with various techniques of encaustic painting will convey the feeling of particular moments of time and how they effect human emotions.

These paintings are my attempt to portray these brief moments.
like most encaustic work, these paintings are best viewed in person, but you can get a sense of the beauty of the surfaces and the sophisticated use of simple materials from the large images on the site...see more here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

natural dye article

good article on natural dyes and water here.

cayce zavaglia

Cayce Zavaglia approaches the art of embroidery from a painters' background. Using crewel embroidery techniques she creates a surface that mimics the layering of paint. She has the following to say about her process:

"My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”."

To see more examples of her work you can view her website at:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

cynthia atwood

Extinct (detail), 2003, paint, cloth & glue on armature, vinyl dog toys, vinyl cover, 18 x 32 x 18, Hospitality, 1999, silk, velvet, rubber snakes, paint, armature, 29 x 21 x 21, Venus di Milo (detail), 2004, feather pillow, chiffon, paint, silk, buttons, 26 x 13 x 10, Listening Device, 2008, wood, rubber ears, fabric, wire, paint, 9 x 14 x 6
In my studio I am motivated by attraction to materials and the pleasure I take in handling them. I make objects that confront my body and the body of my viewer with sensuous humor and some provocation. I am interested in the unrecognizable, the repressed. What is beyond our immediate reality? What is the mystery of our associative, psychological state in regards to our perception of what is underneath our skin? Often there are details of clothing in my work, zippers, piping, button holes, referring to the fashion we cover ourselves with, our facade. My work is an exaggerated reference to the body. It reflects the paradox of intelligence opposing bestiality, the body couture. Our facade is an obsession. The materiality, sensuality, and labor invested in my work are expressions of the body.
love the sensuous tactility...see more here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fibers and Material Studies Field trip to NYC, Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, Dead or Alive, MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, with optional trip to Fabric Distr

Jennifer Angus in "A Worm’s Eye View" at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee in 2009.

Fibers and Material Studies Field trip to NYC, Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, Dead or Alive, MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, with optional trip to Fabric District and other destinations.


Museum hours: 
Tue. - Sun. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Students/Seniors: $12

Fiber and Material Studies majors/grads/faculty/staff are taking over New York City!!!!

Please join me on an exciting trip to the Dead or Alive exhibition. After visiting the museum I will be continuing on to the Fabric District and you are welcome to join me or go to see other destinations in NYC. We will be departing together from 30th Street station on the Bolt Bus:

Sunday, October 3rd


Philadelphia JFK & N. 30th St

3064 John F. Kennedy Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19104

Arriving: New York 34th and 8th by Tick Tock (Phil. or Bos.)

34 St. & 8 Ave NY, NY 10001 New York, NY 10001

1st choice: 8:00 AM- 10:00AM: $13.00

2nd choice: 7:15 AM – 9:30 AM: $10.00

You are responsible for all fees and planning of this trip if you are planning on participating I recommend you purchase your bus ticket ASAP! Please let me know if you need assistance in planning this.

You will be required to coordinate your own return trip, via Bolt Bus, Chinatown Bus, NJ Transit/SEPTA, or other method home.

Fabric District Stores List:

If you are planning on participating in this field trip please let me know and purchase your own bus ticket as soon as possible! If you have any questions/ concerns please contact, Pazia, Prior to the trip I will also give you my cell phone number for emergency/coordinating in NYC.

Fiber Directions 2011.

Deadline: December 13, 2010 (POSTMARK)

Fiber Directions 2011

The Wichita Center for the Arts
Wichita KS
March 25 - May 8, 2011

Media Limitations: Artists are encouraged to enter
handwoven or handmade fiber forms. The exhibition
is open, but not limited to, the following: uniquely
designed functional pieces such as coverlets, pillows,
tablecloths, garments, rugs, etc., and nonfunctional
tapestries, wall hangings, 2-dimensional and
3-dimensional works which have been printed,
painted, embellished, felted, woven, knitted,
twined, cast paper, quilted, stitched, or other
forms of manipulating fiber for art.
All artwork must be display ready with display
hardware included.
All artwork, crates and cartons included,
must fit through a standard
39” x 6’10” doorway.

Eligibility: The exhibit is open to all fiber artists living
and working in North America. Each entry must be
wholly designed and executed by the artist.

Entry Procedures: Each artist may enter up to
three (3) artworks.
Each artwork may be represented by digital
photo in JPEG format, with images
of all entries copied onto one single CD or
e-mailed to

Entry Fee: $30.00 (U. S.) per artist for up
to three (3) artworks.
The entry fee is nonrefundable.

Download prospectus:

Visit website for more details:

National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2011
The Wichita Center for the Arts
9112 East Central
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 634-2787

Rag Revolution!

Rag Revolution!

Deadline: 15 October 2010 (RECEIVE)

Rag Revolution!
AUFSTAND! der nichtsnutzigen Textilien

Exhibition in workshop hannover e.v.
Hannover, Germany
11. March – 15. April 2011

Recycling fabric is the central theme of the exhibition entitled
‘Rag Revolution’ to be held in March 2011 by workshop
hannover e.v. creativity centre. Textile artists and fine
artists are invited to take part.

The use of everyday objects, found objects and
recycled materials or more generally speaking the
aesthetic disuse and reuse of objects, the study of
cycles and recycling play a major role in the field of
cultural and artistic productivity. Our exhibition focuses
on how contemporary artists approach this topic using
fabrics as a medium, a technique, as a material or metaphor.

The term ‘rag’ in the title of the exhibition conjures up the
notion of uselessness and at the same time impertinence and
misbehaviour. It is the ambivalence held therein of worthlessness
and defiance, of passivity and activity that interests us, rags
rehearsing revolution and threatening: We will be back. With a

The exhibition, Rag Revolution, is to be held as part of the joint
project ‘textour 2011’, organized by workshop hannover e.v. in
collaboration with the Handwerksform Hannover (Crafts
Forum Hanover), and other institutions in association
with the ETN (Euroean Textile Network) and the journal
‘Textilforum’ (Textile Forum). It follows on from the successful
concept of ‘textour 2008’ in which our exhibition ‘
Tales in Fabric – the Fabric of Tales’ was flanked by further
exhibitions and events.

Conditions of Entry (truncated)
  1. Artists may submit up to three works. Include a short cv.
  2. Two dimensional works shoud not exceed 2.50m x 2.50m. Three dimensional works may have a base area of 2m x 2m and a height of 3m. All artworks must be provided with any necessary hanging or installation fixtures.
  3. Participants will be selected by a jury. The members of the jury:
    • Beatrijs Sterk (Textilforum)
    • Gundula Manson (artist)
    • Ewe Dornis (artist)
    • Frank Rosenthal (artist)
    • Silke Boerma (art historian)
Further details about the exhibition will be available by telephone 0049 (0)511 344711.

Please read the conditions of entry read carefully before filling
in the application form.

workshop hannover e.v. Zentrum für kreatives Gestalten
Lister Meile 4
30161 Hannover
Tel. 0511 34 47 11
Fax 0511 - 388 83 38

Workshop hannover e.v., modelled on the Dutch creativity centres
was founded by artists in 1971. Here artists offer courses for adults,
organize sociocultural art projects and hold exhibitions. The studios
and exhibition rooms are situated in the Kulturzentrum Pavillon in
the centre of Hanover.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

philadelphia art alliance lecture series

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is thrilled to announce our newest program stream, The Commonwealth! Continuing with PAA’s new mission of the advancement and appreciation of contemporary craft and design, The Commonwealth will explore the current issues pertaining to the modern craft and design movement, through panel discussions and lectures by artists, academics and curators from the notable craft specific institutions in the city and the larger Northeast Corridor. The selection of critically acclaimed speakers represent the next generation of craft artists and curators, who will seek to provide a clearer understanding of the place of craft and design in the larger context of modern fine art. This series is the product of collaborations between PAA and nationally featured artist/educator Doug Bucci, who is serving as Program Curator. The Commonwealth will kick off on October 14th, 2010 and will continue with subsequent lectures each month (excluding January) until the series wrap-up in May 2011. The cost of admission to each lecture is $5 for general admission; PAA Members and Students with current ID will receive FREE Admission.

Dates and Speakers are as follows:
· October 14th, 2010: David McFadden, Chief Curator at the Museum of Art and Design, NYC
· November 11th, 2010: Svenja John, Internationally lauded jewelry artist from Germany
· December 9th, 2010: Candy Depew, Sculptor and director/owner of the Candy Coated Center, Philadelphia
· February 10th, 2011: Melanie Bilenker, world-renowned jeweler
· March 10th, 2011: Judith Schaechter, Philadelphia glass artist
· April 14, 2011: Adelaide Paul, Philadelphia ceramic artist and PEW Fellowship Grantee
· May 12th, 2011: Wrap up panel discussion with participating lecturers, moderated by Rama Chorpash
**All Lectures take place at 7:00 PM**

Each speaker in the series will address a different topic as it relates to the modern craft movement. Topics to be addressed include: The Institutional Joining of Art Craft and Design, Globalization, Sustainability, Departures from Craft, Impact of Science and Technology, and Social Movements. In May 2011, the series will wrap up with a panel discussion, featuring many of the speakers from the previous 6 lectures. Rama Chorpash will moderate this discussion, taking the views expressed from each lecture and synthesizing them in order to find a common theme, which will spark an open discussion with panelists and audience members alike.

PAA announces this new series with great excitement, as we embark on the next chapter of our distinguished history. Having successfully navigated through our transition from a multi-disciplinary art center to one focused on contemporary craft and design, PAA is poised to embrace our new mission, and position our institution as a pre-eminent presenter of thought provoking craft and design exhibitions and programs in the Philadelphia region and beyond. The Commonwealth will solidify this commitment and usher in a new era for PAA and our constituents.

For more information about this series or PAA, please visit here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

stephen walling

Seventeen Means of Ascent, 2008, wood, paint, 24 X 24, Range, 2008, wood, paint, 24 X 48, Belgian, 2007, wood, paint, 36 X 48

...color, texture, repetition, rhythm, life...see more here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

college on the parkway day

Exhibition Opportunity

The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University will be hosting a Fiber Art exhibition in 2012 and is currently accepting submissions.

Textiles & Fibers 2012

Call to FIBERS Artists / Curatorial Review
Deadline Oct. 15, 2010

The Museum of Fine Arts will be hosting an exhibition in the Spring of 2012 that will revolve around contemporary artists use of fibers: by definition, that includes all 2-dimensional works (such as tapestries, embroideries, quilts) as well as all installations and works of art that are made from fibers (for example: fabric, wood, sculptural constructions of materials that may be either natural or synthetic). The curatorial team is committed to highlighting traditional fibers work associated with women’s lives throughout history; one section of the catalogue will set into the context of the 21st century art world those aesthetic domestic skills that were reclaimed and re-invented by feminist artists in the 1970s. MoFA is eager to see what else may be available by artists working in contemporary idiom and with organic or surprising and unusual fibers, today.

For further information please visit their website at:

Alumni Erin M Riley is participating in the opening exhibit of the Textile Arts Center!

Erin M. Riley ( a Fibers and Material Studies Area Alumni will be taking part in the opening exhibition for the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. Please see the below blurb for more information, it is sure to be a fantastic show!

Please join us for our Opening Party and Premier Gallery Exhibition
September 17, 2010
505 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY 11215
(718) 369-0222
There will be drinks, food, live music, raffle prizes and our first of many Fiber Art Exhibitions:
Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers
Curated by: Joetta Maue
Exhibiting Artists:
Heidi Field-Alvarez, Sarah Bahr, Emily Barletta, Jamie Bertsch, Andrea Donnelly, Erin Endicott, Mallory Feltz, Virginia Fitzgerald, Sierra Furtwangler, Meredith Grimsley, LUKE Haynes, Tod Hensley, Jennifer Hunold, Janice Jakielski, Sheila Klein, Julie Kornblum, Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, Clayborn Jackson Lohmann, Alisha McCurdy, Margarita Mileva, John Paul Morabito, Suyeon Na, Erin M. Riley, Rebecca Ringquist, Leslie Schomp, Lou Trigg, Cayce Zavaglia, Amanda Tiller

Raffle Prizes Provided by:
Two Lovers, Olga's On Smith, Enlightenment Wines, Keds, M2 Jewelry, Trois Pommes Patisserie, Little Candy Cake Co.
Music by: Raya Brass Band

Amy Gross

Artist Amy Gross uses a variety of Fiber related techniques and materials to create stunning sculptural works that reference the natural world. More examples of her work can be viewed on her website

Masters of Education Student Show

The Masters of Education Program here at Tyler School of Art will be having an exhibition in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery from September 8th until the 18th. The show's opening reception will be taking place tonight, Monday, September 13th starting at 6:30pm.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ask joan of art

a link from joan dryer and a good research tool...go here to ask a question.

Do you have a question about American art and don't know how to find the answer? Art information specialists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum can help using both print and electronic reference resources. We will send you a brief, factual answer to your question, or we will direct you to sources that will aid your research. We answer most questions within the time frame you indicate on the form, but some research is labor intensive and requires additional time. Also, please keep in mind that we only provide information on American art and artists. As a matter of policy, the Smithsonian Institution does not provide monetary evaluations of works of art or collectibles.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Attention Seniors-Major's Space Tables

I have posted a sign on the bulletin board outside the major's space with a diagram so that seniors can sign up for work tables. If you do not want a work table please let me know. If spaces remain after the 17th of this month then the remaining tables will be given to juniors. Thank you for your cooperation!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

cool fibers exhibition

i have some pieces in this show...hope to see you there!! go here for more info.


The Fiber and Material Studies Area has been given the opportunity to be part of a theatrical production here at Temple University and majors we need your help! Don't panic, it is going to be fun. The planning meetings are going on this week Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Fibers Studio. A bulletin board about the production is also going up in the 3-D room that will contain all of the information. Please check out the board and work on some sketches containing your visions for the production. Sam Jones and Brook Abboud are the go-to people concerning our part of the production. Please see them if you have any questions. Also, if you can't make it to any of the meetings but still want to help out let them know. This is a great opportunity to work with a team to accomplish something that is sure to be impressive and show the university just how amazing Fibers is, so don't miss out. Plus as an extra incentive I will be offering baked goods to the team, that should be reason enough to lend a hand.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

C. Pazia Mannella, Conviction of Vanity, solo exhibition at Saint Joseph's University, Reception: Thursday, September 9, 6-8 PM.

C. Pazia Mannella, Conviction of Vanity, solo exhibition at Saint Joseph's University, August 30 - September 23, 2010.
Reception: Thursday, September 9, 6-8 PM
University Gallery - Boland Hall
Lapsley Lane at City Avenue
(Between 54th St. & Cardinal Ave. in Lower Merion)
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
M-F: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

That cat can sew!

rosemarie fiore

Firework Drawing #7, 2009, lit firework residue on paper, collage, 65 3/4 x 82 1/2, Firework Drawing #23, 2008, lit firework residue on paper, collage, 45 3/4 x 60

...see more here.

Friday, September 3, 2010

1st year grad Sam Jones to be featured in Fiberarts Magazine!

One of our new graduate students, Sam Jones, will be featured in the Nov./Dec. issue of Fiberarts Magazine in its' Student Showcase section.

Congratulations Sam!

To view further examples of Sam's work check out her website at:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

scott fife

LeRoy, 2004. 118" x 78" x 120", archival cardboard, glue, screws, Wer Wulf, 25 in x 25 in x 34 in, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 2007, Jun Fan, (aka Bruce Lee) 26 in x 12 in x 16 in, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 2007
I like the physical nature of building the sculpture–it seems very old-fashioned and traditional. The idea of the material itself–it’s friendly, flexible, there’s a glow from in it.
see more work here and watch a video of the making process here. also, pick up the summer, 2009 issue of fiberarts magazine to read a great article on this artist.