July 11 – October 26, 2014
Fiberart International 2013 is the 21st in a series of triennial juried exhibitions sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Chosen by a distinguished panel of artists and curators, Fiberart International features works by established and emerging artists, providing a unique opportunity to see current trends and innovations in this constantly evolving medium.
Fiberart International seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, processes, and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.
Featuring works by established and emerging artists from around the world, Fiberart International provides a unique opportunity to see current trends and innovations in this constantly evolving medium. The artists hail from countries as varied as Canada, Japan, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, as well as cities throughout the United States.
In jurors’ statements, the panelists express a preference for work that is technically proficient but also innovative, expressive, and unclassifiable — art that provides a cohesive package of concept, form, structure, scale, color and material.
Exploring themes ranging from political issues and women’s rights to dreams and sexuality, the artists blend traditional and nontraditional techniques, with work ranging from realism to abstract, from miniature to prodigious, and from handmade to machine-made.
The pieces showcase traditional materials such as cotton, linen and silk, as well as surprising non-traditional materials, including measuring tapes, dental floss, wax, and used lottery tickets. Techniques range from traditional embroidery and weaving with more contemporary processes such as laminating, digital printing and burning.
Jurors for the exhibit were lighting designer Paulina Ortiz, fiber artist Kai Chan, and multimedia artist Joyce Scott.