Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dimension and Fiber

"Boundary Unbound" by Saberah Malik
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and see the Fiber Art VII collaborative exhibition between the center and Fiber Art now magazine.  It was a fascinating exhibit with cutting edge concepts in all types of fiber.  Diane's challenge made me think about so many of the photos I'd taken - mostly of fabric behaving in 3-D or suggesting dimension.  I've included a variety here.
"Verdigris" (detail) by Susan Hotchkis
"Long Ago Stories" by Sharon McCartney
"Unfolding Landscape Spring Verge" by Cas Holmes

"Requiem" (detail) by Eszter Bornemisza 
"this too shall pass" by Diane Savona

"Triangles + Dotted Lines" (detail) by Joy Stockdale
The first photo reminded me of this piece (below) I saw at Fiber Art Philadelphia in 2011 - another totally 3-D piece from organza!  Fantastic!  I have so many ideas - I'm not sure which way I will go…..

"Sea Foam" ©2011, by Linda Celestian

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bumpy Surfaces

by Lin Hsin-Chen
Life is three dimensional. I love the unlimited changes that fiber artists create in three-dimensional space, such as straw plaiting, bamboo weaving, and rope braiding. There are countless traditional craftsmen in Taiwan who turn ordinary materials into household items or artworks. Below is a picture of my life necessities.

The sun-hat is carefully woven out of wood fibers. The birds and the basket are bamboo woven, and the card case is straw woven. They are my treasured items. I hope someday I can make a cloth woven work. Perhaps it’s a distant dream.

During my visit in Beijing in October, I saw the Miao people’s exquisite craft. I was thrilled and over the moon! They create bumpy surfaces with clothing materials. The texture is pretty much the same as straw weaving. Amazing! I’d like to share a few pictures with you. The works look like worn clothing, but the vintage colors are alluring. They strengthen the beauty of needlework.


Three- dimensional fiber work is what I always wanted to try but never had the chance. Thank you Diane, for the challenge!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

the third dimension of fun!

Thanks so much for this challenge, Diane, I have been enjoying many aspects of 3D in my work for many years.
I trained as a sculptor back sometime during the last ice age- here's the last remaining piece from my degree project, guarding our front door.

One of the attractions that work in fiber has for me is texture, which can be relatively smooth or really exaggerated to form actual bas relief surfaces- see this detail of Retia-
I've also gone full on sculpture in the last couple of years, like Voodoo Lily-

and also I often give the illusion of depth by color manipulation,

like Nucleus here...............

for this new work, I'm going to do another type of crystal, keeping to my macro theme.
I'm going to exercise Diane's option of creating a sense of three dimensionality instead of actually building this work out....
here's a hint-
stay tuned!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fabric Manipulation

by Misik Kim
I was delighted to see Diane’s challenge.
Because I’ve got the opportunity to explore many kind of techniques for 3 dimensions
I am interested in installation work.
It is interesting that you can see both the front and back of the work.
In this challenge, she propose that all work be no deeper than four inches.
Layer, Relief, Gathering, Shirring, Smocking…….

It is more interesting.

This is the close up image of my work on the cover of the magazine “Quilt &”

You can see the layers on the work
It is so interesting.
Thanks,  Diane
I hope to see you in the future.