I had a sneak peak of what's to come at the upcoming By A Thread exhibition when I dropped of my piece "Mapping Goodbye" last week. The artwork of so many incredibly, talented fiber artists will be in this show.
Curated by artist Nancy Moore and hosted at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, I especially appreciate Nancy's intention of exhibiting work that takes fiber art out of the often expected wearable and/or functional category and instead, focuses this show solely on fiber as fine art. From the exhibition description found on the RGOA website:
“By a Thread: The Fine Art of Fiber” is an intriguing exhibition that focuses on fiber and fiber techniques including plant material and other media on the edge of what we normally think of as fibrous; knotting, weaving, tying, etc. As the work of participating artists like Sheila Hicks and Judith Scott gain national recognition, the possibilities of fiber as a purely artistic (as opposed to functional) form have exploded. They’ve stretched and expanded our idea of what fine art can be made from and what fiber can make us feel and think about outside of its obvious and everyday uses. This show pays particular attention to what’s possible to create with unconventional materials, paying tribute to traditional fiber arts and forms. “By A Thread” is a mixture of avant-garde and old school, slick and folk. Alongside knitted and quilted work, expect to see teabags and birch bark. Edgy work. Pretty work. Pieces that challenge, and pieces that comfort the eye. Come see!Expect to see truly beautiful and engaging work! (Pssst, also check out Nancy's own amazing paintings and knitted Blanket Statements on her website here.)
By A Thread runs from May 14th through June 19th at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Opening reception is May 14th, from 4-6 p.m.
As it happens, Nature Unraveled, a solo exhibition by Dayna Wenzel is also opening the same night in the upstairs gallery.
Both opening receptions are free and open to all.