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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Flat Iron Exchange - Coffeehouse + Local Talent

Cynthia Lee Bowler has a large body of her new textile artwork on exhibit at:

Flat Iron Exchange
51 the Square
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Open Daily 6am - 9pm

The show runs November 21, 2014 - February 18, 2015
Opening Reception:
This Friday, November 21st, 5:30pm 

The Flat Iron Exchange is a great new coffee shop ~ warm and cozy, featuring local music, art, coffee, baked goods and a wonderful community ~ Come on out and enjoy!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SOFA Chicago 2014

Cashing in on one of the many perks of having a grown child who lives in Chicago, my husband and I scheduled a visit with her to coincide with SOFA Chicago 2014.

It goes without saying that being in a gigantic exhibition space, with jaw-dropping work from more than 70 international galleries, bordered on sensory overload. But one gets into a rhythm navigating among the displays and the many observers, and soon becomes swept up in the sheer visual luxury of such an exhibition. 

It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the work was mind-boggling in its intelligence and expertise of craftsmanship.

Anthea Walsh (detail) 2014  Hand embroidery, cyanotype print on linen
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Unfortunately photography was prohibited so I took a ton notes instead, and actually found it quite liberating to be able to just absorb the work, without the crutch of a camera as interpreter. 

In lieu of those missed photos, I’ve scanned images from gallery booklets and web-links to give you an idea of what caught my eye.

While mulling over my notes afterward, it occurred to me that there was a recurring theme: many artists excelled at combining disparate materials, accomplishing a seamless pairing in such a way that a new “conversation” was begun which traversed the traditional confines of media. 

The elegant silver and silk jewelry of Jeonghye Park, 
which I mistook for blown glass upon first glance.

Trap_1, 2013  Hand-dyed silk, 925 silver, copper

Initially I was disappointed that there was comparatively little fiber work displayed, and the art seemed to be overwhelmingly weighted toward glass. However, it soon became apparent that references to the techniques and materials used within a textile practice were common, even among works that contained no fiber. Again, many of these pieces stressed the interaction and coupling of materials one wouldn’t usually expect to find together. 

The upper half of Michael Bauermeister’s sculpture 
appeared to have been laced together.
Negative Space,  maple, aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer
34 x 8 x 8

A wooden bowl by Thomas Hopkins Gibson
a wood-turner who uses silver to mimic stitches to “repair” 
the natural cracks and faults in the “green” wood used in his pieces.

Whether intentional or not, I think this ongoing allusion to fiber art in general, and stitching in particular, speaks well to the power of textiles. It also acknowledges, regardless of medium,  how deeply ingrained the intrinsic techniques embraced through textiles are in the psyches of many artists.

   Stitched Bottle I, (MD2) Maple, silver, silk, 25cm

And be sure to check out the full-scale elephant masks 
made of wood sections that are stitched together.
 Unfortunately I wasn't able to transfer an image to this blog, 
The delight of discovering these unexpected pairings of seemingly incongruous materials via a serious nod to the techniques we textile artists rely upon, left me feeling quite inspired by the possibilities that reside in stretching beyond the predictable, while still remaining loyal to the roots of fiber traditions. It's a virtual goldmine of artistic potential. 
The challenge is to bring this idea back to the studio and to see where it leads. 
- Elizabeth Fram 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

TextileArt around the World

Waterbury Center member Elizabeth Fram has had her work included in the newly published book "TextileArt around the World" by Ellen Bakker of the Netherlands.

Featuring over 800 photographs of the art of 160 international artists, this is a unique collection of a great variety of textile art joined together in one book. ‘TextileArt around the world’ is the international sequel to ‘Textile is alive!’, which is an earlier publication displaying works from Dutch and Belgian textile artists. Each page is a new introduction to an artist.

(above image: "Detail of Transcendent Eclosion" by Elizabeth Fram) 
Sounds like inspiring winter reading!!! To purchase your copy, click here.

Fiber Art on Film

Montpelier member Karen Henderson has had two of her landscape inspired fiber wall pieces used on the set of the feature length film "Louder than Bombs".

     (above image: 'Peripheral' by Karen Henderson)

The movie is directed by Joachim Trier, an award winning Norwegian director and writer. Starring Gabriel Bryne, Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan, and Isabelle Huppert, among others, it is scheduled to release sometime in 2015.

      (above image: 'Source' by Karen Henderson)

Here's hoping we'll get more than a glimpse of the pieces once all the editing is done!