Making a fashion statement
If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to make a statement of sorts, please take note of Artistry in Fiber’s third volume. This last book in the series, focusing on wearable art, will make you want to purge much of what you have in your closet.
Artistry in Fiber,Volume 3: Wearable Art explores the intersection between art and fashion. In her introduction Susan Taber Avila writes, “The term wearable art is often used to describe garments that bridge art, design, craft and fashion. This broad category encourages much debate when classifying relevance for stature within the greater arena of fine art. Included in this field or conceptual works that either conform to or allude the body, as well as beautifully crafted unique garments that conveyed personal expression in an aesthetic that fashion is a popular subject for many orders do too it's obvious connection to identity and culture, yet wearable art is often wants length from fashion.”
Divided into “Art to Wear” and “Art to Adorn”, Wearable Art features more than 40 artists who have created pieces that come alive when worn. The dynamics of body and art partner to create a unique and personal style.
California-based Avila is recognized for her wall hangings and sculptures, but her wearable constructions are designed by “imagining the body as an armature rather than as a shape to conform to. My work promotes sustainability through the reclamation pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, and I explore new methods and materials to develop new textile structors to interlock meaning within the structure.” Her piece Falling Leaves is inspired by nature, “especially the organization and perceptionof nature by humans.”
Polish artist Małgosia Kalińska shifts between painting and designing jewelry. She primarily works with foil, silk fabric and cotton, paper, pulp, polymer, and silver. She writes of her art, “When exploring purely aesthetic issues, I deliberately limit the participation of rhthmic structures to black and white. “This allows me to differentiate absorption of light, which as a concentrated or dispersed energy becomes a play on matter and space.”
In Something Borrowed, Tina Lazzarine’s recent work is centered around the collar which represents “the complex identity of women as both oppressed and empowered…by binding soft fabric with wire into either protruding or constricting forms, sometimes both, my work becomes a metaphor for subjugation. Integral to the work or the dichotomies of hard and soft, seduction and repulsion, protection and intimidation. This complexity parallels the multifaceted aspect of the female experience.”
Wearable Art, like its companions—Sculpture and Wall Art—will take your breath away. This three volume set is a necessary addition to anyone who loves working with fiber.