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WHAT IS FIBRE ART?

As I’m sitting here in my studio, thinking about all the stunning fibre artworks that arrived at my home in the last two months, I’m pondering the description of fibre art. So many of the textile artists often wonder about the distinction between fibre and textile art.


To me, the easiest way to describe it is that textile artists mostly make use of textile and fabric based techniques. Fibre artists make use of a much wider selection of materials that can include materials such as paper, yarn, found objects and all sorts of other ‘things’ that are not usually included in the textile artist’s stash.


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Fibre artists also experiment with sculpture, installation art and mixed media where they incorporate fibres into their work. This reminds me of South African artist, Lizel von Wielligh’s work. She creates larger than life textile sculptures. There is also Celia de Villiers who nowadays resides in Portugal. I remember her textile and fibre art sculptures from years ago. I am so lucky to have had two of her works in my home that are now exhibited at the Textile Odyssey at Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria until 20 June 2024!


ORCHIDILERIUM by CELIA DE VILLIERS

Fibre artists often experiment with unconventional materials and processes to see how far they can push the boundaries of fibre art. They place a strong emphasis on the manipulation of fibres and they explore innovative techniques.


I am truly amazed by the work that our local fibre artists are doing! All I have to do is go to an exhibition where I can see a collection of their work!


TINA SKUKAN ART GALLERY: TEXTILE ODYSSEY

I can’t think of fibre artists without mentioning the vibrant work of international artist Deborah Kruger. Deborah lives and practices art in Chapala, Mexico and she uses recycled plastics, textiles and threads to create her vibrant works. She speaks mainly about the destruction of habitat of birds all over the world. Her ‘feathers’ seem almost too realistic until one reads up about it!


DEBORA KRUGER: REDWING

DEBORA KRUGER: ROPA ARCOIRIS (detail)

I wonder how many textile artists find the fibre artworks so inspiring that they are keen to branch out and experiment a bit more with fibre! Perhaps the excess of recyclable fibres out there can be an inspiration to create something very different from the usual!


Well, I’m off to go and experiment! Maybe I will show you some of my experiments next time but in the meantime, go and have a look at my website to see more of my textile art and also to check out what interesting classes I offer!


Love,

Tilly

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