What makes fiber art?
Art that is created using natural or synthetic fibers or techniques that are traditionally thought of as relating to fiber, such as sewing or weaving. Only one of these – fiber materials or fiber techniques -must be present for work to fall into the broad category known as “fiber art.” While contemporary fiber art is often preoccupied with materiality and technique, it’s important to also remember that the best work in fiber, like any medium, has observations, themes, or concepts at its core.
Many of the techniques and materials associated with fiber art include basketry, beadwork, braiding, clothing design, crochet, many methods of dyeing and surface design, including batik, shibori, hand-dyeing, natural or eco-dyeing; embroidery, crewel, applique, and other needle arts; encaustic; felting, including nuno felting, needle felting; hooking, including rug hooking and hooked art; knitting; knotting and knot tyeing; lacework; mixed media; sculpture; sewing; spinning; surface design; tapestry, textile design; wearable art; weaving, including jacquard weaving, hand weaving, saori, and many more. This list is only a sample. There are more than we can list or imagine, as the contemporary fiber art and textiles world changes every day. Your friends are probably in their studios right now creating a new method or cross-over in materials or techniques that no one has done before. Hopefully you’ll read about it here, at Fiber Art Now.