2014 Exhibition

 Fiber in the Present Tense 2014

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Exhibition dates:  February 28 – March 29, 2014

Fiber in the Present Tense 2014 was a juried exhibition that showcased the fiber art work of the MA/RI Chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA).

Fiber in the Present Tense postcardClick here for the pdf file: Fiber in the Present Tense postcard

The chapter meeting was Saturday, March 8th at the New Bedford Art Museum, www.newbedfordartmuseum.org, followed by a panel discussion on contemporary fiber from 1:30-2:30 pm.  Panelists included Deborah Carlson (UMass Dartmouth), Janet Kawada (Massachusetts College of Art and Design) and Ellen Weiske (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts).  The opening reception followed, down to block at ArtWorks! Gallery, with a gallery talk from juror Deborah Corsini.

Pictures from Saturday at the gallery (photos by Diane Franklin):

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Picture of Deborah Corsini’s gallery talk (photo by Adrienne Sloane):

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The SDA Award of Excellence was given to Saberah Malik for her piece “Teetotaler’s Recollections.”


Our exhibition also coincided with the month-long “Community Threads” celebration of fiber during March 2014 throughout New Bedford.  “Community Threads” organizers have also planned a number of events, including a community yarn bombing project. Headed up by students of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Fiber Department, everyone in the community was invited to contribute knitting and crochet work to help create yarn bombing installations during March in the historic downtown.  Last year over 60 people contributed work to the project.  Many of the participants were women who knit or crochet as a hobby and had never taken part in a public art project.

Image gallery of accepted artwork now on display (in random order):

Here are a few pictures of the installation (photos by Alicia Moretti):

Below is an excerpt from the Juror’s Statement:

“It has been my privilege to jury the submissions for the SDA exhibit, Fiber in the Present Tense 2014. The work submitted was of high quality, interesting, and diverse. The submissions reflect the vast range of experience of contemporary textile practice. Themes ran the gamut from nature inspired to political to personal.  Pure abstraction, color, and amazing texture also dominated the submissions.

I believe that the work included in the exhibit is visually strong, well crafted, and a testament to the variety and creative possibilities of fiber art. I want to thank all of the artists for submitting their work. I think that this exhibit conveys the strength and diversity of your region and that the work will hang together well.”

Deborah Corsini, Curator, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

The exhibition will feature works by Janet Austin, Suzi Ballenger, Kate Barber, Deborah Baronas, Judy Becker, Kimberly Becker, Robin Bergman, Nancy Crasco, Jeanne Flanagan, Diane Franklin, Linda Gallagher, Beverly Gomes, Beatriz Grayson, Sandy Gregg, Carol Anne Grotrian, Jo Anna Hickman, Rosemary Hoffenberg, Sarah Jones, Catherine Kirsch, Mary-Ellen Latino, Saberah Malik, Jeanne Marklin, Joetta Maue, Salley Mavor, Martha May, Karen McCarthy, Sharon McCartney, Arlene McGonagle, Kathy Parkinson, Maureen Patrick, Marjorie Durko Puryear, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, Jeanne Sisson, Adrienne Sloane, Priscilla Smith, Denise Sokolsky, Ellen Solari, Suzanne Taetzsch, and Nancy Young.