Masha Kosmos used an actual
microchip as design inspiration for a soft silk scarf; hardware becomes soft wear! Photos courtesy of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery.
Joanne Bast started with a photo, manipulated
it several ways with PhotoShop and printed it onto fabric. She took the fabric
to her sewing machine and hand guided the stitching with carefully chosen
thread colors to create a fantastic wall piece.
Ruth Blau used graphics programs for
her design. She imported it into weaving software and hand wove it on a
computer-assisted loom. Her hand-dyed warp yarns contribute to the beauty of
Fiber artists the world over are finding
creative ways to challenge and inspire themselves and fellow fiber lovers. The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
in Alexandria, Virginia, recently challenged members to create
artwork for a show entitled Techno Fibers. The topic aimed to inspire artists
to think about the ways in which technology informs their work. Pieces included
everything from a silk scarf with a microchip surface design, to woven scarves
using a computer-assisted loom, to machine-embroidered thread paintings. The
gallery features juried shows based on interesting themes nearly every month.
Exhibiting artists must also be members of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild
The gallery's current show is Antique
Recreations: Old linens, old lace, old techniques made new. Upcoming shows
include: Black and White: High contrast, high fun; Bedecked and Bejeweled: Home
and personal adornment; and QR Codes, Stripes and Spacings. Check the gallery
website for a schedule of upcoming events.
Three works submitted to the Techno Fibers show were chosen for honors: