Monday, November 29, 2010

Xavier Hurtado video

Hi everyone, this video is a really beautiful description of an indigenous culture's philosophy, which related to the conversation from a few weeks ago about alternative systems of living. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


You just researched a textile tradition, aspect of textile history, or textile process. Now, create a piece that responds to or incorporates aspects of your research. You may choose to respond to formal elements, such as design motifs or incorporate the process or techniques in creating the textile. You may also choose to respond to the sociological or cultural aspects of the tradition by addressing  – for example, but not exclusive to - the rules that govern the making of the textiles, or the function they serve in a particular society.  The important aspect of this assignment is that you do not attempt to recreate or replicate the textile tradition, but rather reinterpret or respond to it as a contemporary artist.

A process, material, conceopt or project in this class has sparked an idea. You desperately want the time to develop it and make it manifest. This is your opportunity.

How will the viewer interact with the piece you present? How will you install it and where? Will you perform it or otherwise engage us in your work? Comsider location/site, space/proximity, the hardware you use to install your work and how every choice you make regarding presentation affects how we view and understand your work.

Proposals due December 1
Critique/Final Project due December 8

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gabrel Dawe Fiber Art

Hey, guys! It's Amelia, again. While surfing the internet, I came across Gabriel Dawe's portfolio website. He uses fiber to create some really exceptional pieces, and I think a lot of you might his work (especially if you enjoyed doing embroidery!)

Self portrait + thread on fabric + 20.5" x 27" aprox. + 2009

Fear of Inadequacy II + hand-embroidery on fabric + 20" x 28" aprox. + 2007

plexus no. 4 + site specific installation at the dallas contemporary + g├╝termann thread, wood and nails + 11' x 25' x 25' + 2010

You can find more of his work here, on his website. Hope you enjoy, and have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Okay this is like the third time I'm trying to post this so dear lord please let it work. Anyways. What I was trying to show you guys is this video I just came across- I know it doesn't have to do with our class necessarily, but I want you guys to see it cause I'm blown away by it! It made me think of my presentation yesterday and how now more than ever fashion, technology and science are all coming together to formulate these amazing works.

Ralph Lauren 4D Show

Monday, November 8, 2010

Samuel Barsky, Sweater Artist

Chanukah (2001)

Sarah Konigsburg, a recent graduate of the MICA Fiber department organized an exhibition of the work of Samuel Barsky, a visionary knitter from Pikesville, a suburb of Baltimore. I had the great fortune to meet the artist at the opening last Thursday. I was deeply touched by his sincerity and enthusiasm and willingness to talk about his work. Photos of his sweaters, and the story of how he got started with knitting, are available on his website:  The sweaters are more amazing if you see them in person - good thing they are on display for the next month at Shapiro's cafe on Preston Street, right next to the OK Natural food store. I HIGHLY encourage you to visit!

Man on the Moon (2002)
London Bridge II (2002)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

CMYK cross stitch!

Check out the work of Evelin Kasikov, a recent graduate of the MFA program at Central St. Martins in London!

Below: handmade halftone screen (CMYK)

Gill Sans CMYK
325x475 mm 
Epson print, hand embroidery 
Smooth Cotton 315 gsm (left)

Gill Sans Magenta
325x475 mm 
Epson print, hand embroidery 
Smooth Cotton 315 gsm (right)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Needle and Thread

Run, Don't Walk to this AMAZING website FOUNTAIN of needlework information! VIDEOS of the van dyke stitch and more!

JF and Son

This is the company that the Experimental Fashion class visited in New York.

JF & SON’s fanatical obsession with textiles informs the company’s approach to production and design. Working with hand-weavers throughout India, the company develops custom fabrics, which are sent to the vertically integrated JF & SON studio in New Delhi. In this creative environment, JF & SON authors a new design vernacular, combining elements of modernism with traditional methods of beading, embroidery, and printing. By partnering with artists and artisans from New York to India, JF & SON meets its ideals of fairness in labor, while reinforcing its commitment to community and collaboration everywhere.

Here is a link to their website and tumblr.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Visit to School 33/Temporary Nature of Ideas Exhibit

A few weeks ago, our class visited School 33 and Melissa Webb's interactive installation/exhibit, The Temporary Nature of Ideas.  Melissa met with us and told us a bit about her own background, education and art process, including her humble origins in our very own Fiber department at MICA! Following are a few pictures from our visit.