Thursday, August 6, 2009

What is Fibre Art?

According to Wiki: Fiber art is a style of Fine Art which uses textiles such as fabric and yarn and natural and synthetic fibres. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labour involved as part of its significance.

"Fiber artists face the same dilemma of all artists; determining "what is art?" More so with fiber arts, in that even if a particular potholder or doily is pleasing aesthetically, does that make it art? Typically, pieces like potholders, which just follow patterns without doing anything more, are not considered works of fiber art. Fiber art works are works of art that communicate some sort of message, emotion or meaning and go beyond just the literal meaning of the materials. Fiber arts face the challenge at times of the message or meaning of the work of art being eclipsed by the study of the materials used and their history, rather than what they contribute to the overall work of art."

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