This exhibition surveys the work of two artists whose fiber roots began in the early 1970’s. Innovators of the Art To Wear Movement, these artists have continued to work in fiber exploring both cloth and canvas, on and off the body. This exhibition will focus on their work as a conversation between similar objectives while uncovering the relevance the cut and slashed surface has for each individual.
Southeast Asian baskets represent the symbiosis of traditional rural life and the community’s relationship with nature. The basket maker is simultaneously botanist, mathematician, structural engineer and artist. To bring baskets to life and deepen their meaning, this exhibition presents the pieces within the context of daily rural life and the cycle of agriculture.
This exhibition will highlight a wide range of western and ethnographic costume, textile and furniture items acquired since 1992. Exquisite, labor-intensive dyeing, weaving, and embellishment techniques will be evident in many of the pieces. A grouping of textiles will contrast “authentic” pieces with pieces which simulate those same time-consuming dyeing, weaving, or surface embellishment techniques.
The first fibers woven by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica came from the endemic maguey or agave plant. Still in use today, ancient techniques transform these fibers into rope, bags, cargo nets, tumplines, hammocks, and horse gear. The secrets of these processes were learned from extensive field research in Guatemala, and are the basis for this exhibit. Photos and samples illustrate methods of fiber extraction, spinning, and loom and non-loom construction techniques. Market scenes and product use round out the display.