Browsing the catalogs

Written by Jean Thomas

Ever so often I browse through my collection of Fiberart Intertational catalogs, starting with 2001. I joined the Guild in 1999 or thereabouts. So here are a few statistics and observations. The 2001 and 2004 catalogs were a modest 6×9 inches with 116 and 88 pages respectively. In 2007 the catalog size grew to 8 1/2 x 11 inches with128 pages.

Noel Palomo-Lovinski – Bridezilla
Noel Palomo-Lovinski – Bridezilla at Contemporary Craft












The next question was: How many artists were accepted by the jurors? In 2001 it was 41. In 2004 a slight increase to 44 artists. Just as the catalog size grew in 2007 so did the number of accepted artist–93. Now fast forward to 2016 and the number is 79. There is no limit other than available exhibition space.

Angela Silver – Residuum
Angela Silver – Residuum at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts











These catalogs are a trip down memory lane. As I turn to one page I remember that piece clearly and even remember where it was hung in one of our two venues. But on another page I draw a blank. But the overall impress is “anything goes.” Well, almost. So take a look at your collection of past catalogs, if you have them. It’s pretty inspiring.

Katherine Webb – Everyday


Katherine Webb – Everyday at Contemporary Craft. The artist showing her work.











All our catalogs were designed and produced by Martha Wasik.

Gina T Alvarez- A Time and a Place that is Ever Changing
Gina T Alvarez- A Time and a Place that is Ever Changing at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts