In honor of Thursday’s Fibers Exhibition Series (presented as part of the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium), we’re turning our focus to fibers this week. Before you go check out work by some of the biggest national (and international!) names in the fibers game on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6 – 9pm, how about giving a little love to some of the most exciting, innovative fibers artists living right here in Savannah?
Here are the 11 local fibers artists we’re most excited about:
You might have seen Dwyer’s woven creations recently at the Savannah Artist Collective or in Art Rise Savannah’s Members Only exhibition. He’s been getting a lot of attention lately for good reason–Dwyer’s penchant for deconstruction lends his pieces a conceptual edge. With a recent solo show at Sulfur Studios under his belt, Dwyer is quickly racking up exhibition credits post-grad from SCAD’s Textiles MFA program. Where will he take his signature technique next? We’re watching closely to find out.
You probably know Jennifer Moss as one of the co-founders of Sulfur Studios, but did you know she’s also one of the most accomplished young fibers artists in Savannah? With a CV of exhibitions (including four solo shows) a mile long, Moss is too well-established for her work to be slept on as much as it is. We love her site-specific installations, but her quietly arresting embroidery-on-paper work deserves your attention too. Don’t forget to check out her show Dots and Lines with Karen Abato up this month at the Sentient Bean.
With her deep knowledge of natural dying techniques and incorporation of environmental conservation concepts, Bourgeois certainly stands out in the landscape of local artists. We love her habit of marrying different techniques together in individual pieces and her always-on-point approach to color and texture.
Katie O’Donnell’s woven tapestries immediately elevate home décor to the level of art. Her use of earthy colors, soft bundles of loose fibers and cozy-looking yarns gives each piece a vintage voice. We’ll take two, please.
When Leah Blair isn’t busy leading a mini-revolution over at the Savannah Artist Collective (alongside partner and fibers artist Sam Ahern), she’s creating gorgeous artworks of her own. The incorporation of raw wood, subtle patterns, vibrant color and metal accents give pieces like these a flavor all their own. Don’t miss her upcoming show at Sulfur Studios this month for more.
We’ve never seen anything quite like Mattison Quinn’s felted canvasses. Appropriately titled “Dancing Color”, this piece is just one example of Quinn’s remarkable aptitude for creating stunning, flowing movement with a material that’s often tragically relegated to the bottom of the craft bin. Felt is making a comeback, and Quinn is right on the vanguard. Expect to see these sophisticated, gorgeous canvasses in glossy magazines very soon.
Is there anything more awesome than Luking’s “Acid Rap Weaving”? No. (Except, maybe, for her gleefully tongue-in-cheek “Burst Jacket.”) Woven based on the artist’s emotional response to the sounds and lyrics of Chance the Rapper’s mixtape “Acid Rap”, this piece incorporates cigarette butts, wire, and other ephemera to bring it to life. We think Chance would approve.
Kristie Duncan proves that cute has a place in fine art. Her fabric cities–inspired by a trip to Lacoste, France–are dreamy cityscapes grounded by fabric scraps once squirreled away, too precious to trash. “Beaked!” (featured in the video above) is all the proof you need to know Duncan has some serious chops though–the series’ incorporation of light, fibers and motion speaks volumes about Duncan’s skill.
Mason’s incredible installation “Spine” may have single-handedly cemented the Savannah Artist Collective as a viable exhibition venue when it debuted there at the space’s inaugural First Friday event this Fall. Woven on-site using recycled saris, “Spine” is one of our favorite installations this year.
While Rogerson’s delicate artworks involving silk scarves, lace, and yarn are, no doubt, beautiful, it’s this sculptural piece from earlier in the year that really caught our eye. Crafted from wire mesh and recycled textiles, “We Will Never Forget Sir Ears IV” could signal an interesting new direction for this young artist.
Emily Hamberg isn’t afraid to break the traditional fibers mold and that’s what we love about her. These Tinder pillows are all the proof you need. Hamberg wove messages she received on the app into pillows to “bring to light the absurdity that can be found within online dating.” Heard.