From the FI2013 Desk… New voices, new visions


Margaret Scott, Wedding Day v3, nuno felted silk chiffon and merino wool, 47″ x 71″

FIBERART INTERNATIONAL 2013, the 21st juried exhibition of the best in contemporary fiber art, will be in Pittsburgh April 19 through August 18, 2013 at two locations – Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft.

Produced by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, inc., the triennial exhibition features 81 works, 24 of which are by artists living outside the US. Countries represented include Hungary, Italy, Poland, Argentina, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom. The submissions came from 36 different countries, the most diverse in FI history.

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Rachelle Gardner, Unable to Divide, thread, 42.5″ x 19″ x .75″

The selected artists employed a dazzling variety of techniques, often in a single work. Many combine traditional techniques such as embroidery, weaving, or felting with fusing, layering, digital printing, and encaustic. Materials range from hemp, lace, and velvet to cast glass, copper wire, and steel tape measures.

This year’s jurors include Kai Chan, fiber artist from Toronto, whose 35-year retrospective is currently touring Canada; Paulina Ortiz, textile artist and professor at the Veritas University, a leading design institution in Costa Rica; and Joyce J. Scott, internationally exhibited artist whose work explores contemporary issues such as racism and violence, sexism and stereotypes. About the jurying process, Scott commented, “These artists delve into the meaty themes of politics and the sublime quest for beauty. I am searching for an inner depth that differentiates art from its hobbyist and commercial cousins.”

Carol Milne, Free & Easy, kiln cast lead crystal, 7″ x 6″ x 12″

Fiberart International 2013 opens with a weekend of events including a gala reception Friday evening, April 19, 2013 where awards totaling over $5,000 will be announced. Fiberart Forum, a daylong conference that includes a keynote speech by juror Joyce J. Scott and dialogue with exhibiting artists, takes place April 20 at the Phipps Garden Center.

Sandra Heard, Vestiges of Emancipation, mixed media, 41″ x 68″x 11″


 Fiberart International 2013


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Society for Contemporary Craft


Opening reception

April 19, 2013, 5:30-8:30 PM

at both venues.

Exhibition runs through August 18.


FI2014 will travel to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in California where it runs from Nov. 6, 2013 – Jan. 19, 2014.

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