Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiber Fever

I recently had the opportunity to view the current fiber exhibit, Fiber Fever, at the Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri. The show runs from August 8, 2014-September 19, 2014. The variety in the entries makes the exhibit VERY interesting. There is everything from quilts, pieces that include stitching on paper, and tapestries, to woven electrical cords. It is well worth a visit to see it if you are anywhere near the area. Saint Charles is a fun little town (and you are REALLY close to St. Louis); you might want to make this a destination for a trip.

Here are a few of my favorites. There is LOTS more to see if you get a chance to go.

This is a piece called "Buckets of Unfinished Business" and is made of loom woven recycled felt, acrylic paint, and forged steel. It is made by Priscilla Roggenkamp and Keith McMahon. I love the subtle colors and texture.

This is made of twisted coated copper wire and is called "Light." The piece is made by Nancy Koenigsberg. I was drawn to this because of the way it seemed to glow from within.

I am REALLY into hand stitching and all kinds of embroidery these days. This piece, by Candace Hicks, is called "String Theory Volume III." It actually looks like paper with handwriting on it, but it is fabric made to look like pages in a notebook. The "handwriting" is hand embroidery. I certainly appreciate the time it takes to make something like this. You could actually touch and turn the pages of this piece (with the provided white gloves, of course).

This canopy, by Susan Lenz, was spectacular. I loved the way the light reflected down through all the different fabrics of the piece.

Kelly Kozma's "So Many People in the Neighborhood" is made of embroidery thread, colored pencil, graphite, collage, latex paint, textured metallic paint, and gloss on paper. The colors in this piece really pop.

If you would like more information on the exhibit or on The Foundry, click here. You might also check out my little "blurb" about the exhibit in the "Upcoming Quilting/Fiber Arts Events" category to the right of this post. If you would like more information on Saint Charles, click here. I hope you get the opportunity to see this exhibit in person. If you are a person who loves fiber art, you know that pictures just don't do the pieces justice. You really need to see them "up close and personal."