International Fiberart Forum

Knit the Bridge is the outreach project for Fiberart International 2013.
Join us for the International Fiberart Forum on April 20, 2013 from

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Crimson Prelude; fiber, beads, woven, coiled; 48" x 52" x .5"

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Crimson Prelude; fiber, beads, woven, coiled; 48″ x 52″ x .5″

8:30am-3pm.  The Forum is a chance to meet the artists, view the work, and discuss contemporary fiber art with artists and other enthusiasts!  To register, call Leslie Calhoun, 724-863-8630

Artists from Japan, Sweden, Wales, Canada, England, and across the U.S. will participate in the International Fiberart Forum April 20, 2013 at the Phipps Garden Center at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh. The event is open to the public.

The day begins with a keynote address “Why I Am,” by Fiberart International 2013 juror Joyce J. Scott. Ms. Scott is an internationally exhibited artist, jeweler, and performance artist. Influenced by her African American ancestry and a love of popular culture, Ms. Scott’s beadwork offers a unique and often biting commentary on social justice issues.

The Forum is a highlight of Fiberart International 2013, the 21st juried exhibition of the best in contemporary fiberart, produced by the Fibrarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc., on a triennial basis.

Following the keynote, attendees will have the opportunity for informal dialogues with the artists at both exhibit locations – Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft.

Julie Sirek, Dissolving Dream, Joomchi Korean mulberry paper, 35" x 18" x 7"

Julie Sirek, Dissolving Dream, Joomchi Korean mulberry paper, 35″ x 18″ x 7″

According to Forum chair Martha Ressler, “It’s a unique opportunity to talk with the artists and hear about their techniques and inspirations. We always get great feedback from this event. Everyone goes home with new energy and new ideas.”
This year, 1,259 pieces from 36 countries were submitted to Fiberart International 2013 for jurying; 79 were chosen to make up the show. Fifty-two of the selected artists are brand new to FI. Countries represented include Argentina, Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Along with Ms. Scott, jurors include Kai Chan, fiber artist from Toronto, whose 35-year retrospective, A Spider’s Logic, is currently touring Canada; and Paulina Ortiz, textile artist, lighting designer, and president of the Ibero-American Textile Network, from Costa Rica. As Ms. Scott observed, “These artists delve into the meaty themes of politics and the sublime quest for beauty. Like most viewers, I am searching for an inner depth that differentiates art from its hobbyist and commercial cousins.”

Fiberart International 2013 opens April 19 and runs through August 18, 2013 in Pittsburgh, then travels to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in California and the Franklin G. Burroughs ~ Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. FI13 Co-Directors Desha Jaramaz and Jay van Wagenen are especially pleased that this edition of Fiberart International will be seen on both coasts.

Elin Noble, Fugitive Pieces 9, cotton: clamp resist shibori dyed, 70" x 40"

Elin Noble, Fugitive Pieces 9, cotton: clamp resist shibori dyed, 70″ x 40″

The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc., is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that fosters the advancement of fiber art through a series of lectures, workshops, and juried exhibitions.  Since 1967, the Guild has sponsored Fiberart International, the only ongoing exhibition open to textile artists the world over.  The Guild celebrates its 53rd anniversary this year.


  1. Will there be other events throughout the time the exhibit is up? I’m going to be out of town on the day of the forum.

    1. Julie,
      Other Fi2013 events will be listed on the new Fiberart INternational website coming soon! Until then keep an eye out for Knit the Bridge and other FI2013 related events on this blog. We try to post anything related to FI2013 as well!

      -Thanks, Amanda

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