Maybe you’ve seen Fiber Options Exhibition and thought, this doesn’t really make sense to me. Why Fiber instead of other mediums?

You’re not alone, lots of visitors ask us the same questions. We wanted to dig deeper into the history of Fiber Art, and why it’s important and valid as a creative expression.

Ears by Margaret Hull

“We come into contact with textile art every day. From the clothes we wear to the objects that decorate our home, it’s an art that can be simultaneously beautiful and useful. But it should come as no surprise that this field occupies these two categories. At the beginning of its long history, textiles were seen as a utility rather than something that serves no discernible function aside from aesthetics. And while this is still the case today, visionary creatives have helped the art continually reinvent itself.” –My Modern Met

“Fiber art can be considered as both new and an old form of art. The use of fibrous materials and the appearance of the woven, knitted, printed, or in other ways treated materials has long appeared in our history. Traditionally, fibrous materials emerged as functional objects but in the aftermath of the World War II and with further investigation into the nature of an art object, fiber art slowly became a force in its own right. During the 1950’s, as various artists-craftsmen received recognition, the term fiber art was coined to help describe their work. During this period, the contribution of craft artists, not just in fiber but in clay, ceramics, and other media inspired a number of weavers to begin binding fibers into non-functional and non-objective forms as works of art. Yet, the two decades that followed, the 60s and the 70s brought an international revolution in fiber art. With the rise of the women’s movement, and the consequences of feminist art, along with the birth of postmodernism theory, fiber art was reinforced.”

Wide Walls wrote a really good article about Fiber Art that you can access here. 

Fiber is increasingly important for a sleepy, cute town like Annapolis. Where most galleries showcase sailboats and street paintings, we aimed with this exhibit to give visitors a different experience. Fiber is always a great option for tying history and creativity back into the world of art.



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