Written by Jean Thomas
More about material fiber artists choose.
In my recent blog post I wrote about some of the unusual fiber materials that were chosen by artists whose work is in previous Internationals. So now it’s time to survey the usual or more frequent choices.
Cotton wins by far, with muslin being a frequent choice. For example, in the 2007 catalog I spotted 21 pieces that included some form of cotton fabric.
Wool was next (mainly in woven pieces) followed by silk.
Not surprisingly wool was the principal fiber in weaving and tapestry.
Silk appears in such works as “Shroud#3” by Tim Harding and
”Sea Anemone” by Yvonne Wakabayashi.
What is perhaps more interesting is the ways in which materials are utilized, combined and/or altered. Which led me to techniques for lack of a better term. I will discuss them in following posts.