Written by Jean ThomasMany of us who identify ourselves as a fiber artist have encountered this question: What is a fiber artist or what exactly do you mean by fiber. We could reply with one of these definitions of fiber:
1. A slender, threadlike structure that combines with others to form animal or vegetable tissue.
2. Any substance that can be separated into threads or threadlike structures for spinning, weaving, etc.
3. Any such thread or structure or a threadlike root.
But more likely we will either try something more specific or reply “Well, almost anything goes.”
Marcia Wolfson Ray chose marsh grass, straw wire and twine.
Overall the choices in 2007 were more “traditional” but a few qualified as “unusual”: Mi-Kyoung Lee employed rubber bands and nails for her installation.
One more unusual fiber: plastic used by June Lee.
Enough about “unusual” fibers. By far the choices of the majority of artists are more in line with what the vast majority of viewers (and artist as well) think of as “fiber.”