A new book on 3D Fabric Art is coming!

I’m so pleased to announce that I found a publisher for my new book, Dimensional Cloth Art: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists. The publisher will be Schiffer in Pennsylvania. They produce gorgeous art books.

Are you familiar with dimensional cloth art? Chances are, if you’re in the US, you probably haven’t seen much of it yet. The United Kingdom, especially, and Australia and Canada are way ahead of us in producing dimensional cloth artists, and in disseminating information about it. But we’re catching up.
What is dimensional cloth art? It begins with a web of natural or artificial fibers, for example, cotton, silk, wool, linen, polyester, or nylon, which is then manipulated by the artist to form a configuration that is meant to literally and conceptually stand on its own.
The manipulation can take many forms such as sewing, embedding, coiling, embroidering, piling, stuffing, painting, waxing, burning, twisting, plaiting, rusting, bonding, or wrapping, and may call for a system of supports – armature – made of metal, plastic, wood, or sturdy fibers in the form of stiff interfacing or cording, for example. The fabric can be further embellished with objects found in nature or synthetic items.

Phillipa Lack

Phillippa Lack, Spheres

Images run from the prosaic to the phantasmagorical, from a simple iconic stuffed figure to a dense population of outlandishly colored coils, from a rendering of a collection of fortune cookies to a monumental pillar of words. Yet the ideas behind most of these pieces spring from a deep wish to convey a vital message.

Susan Else

Susan Else, Nothing to Fear

For some, it’s a fascination with the natural world and its processes of germination, growth, deterioration, and extinction. Ideas about remembering, mortality, and spirituality are also reflected in many of the sculptures, as are concerns about living fully in society. Other artists possess a desire to explore the cast-off objects of our everyday lives almost as if they were finds from archeological digs. For so many, then, fabric art is art that communicates, it conveys notions that go beyond the literal meaning of the materials.
For others, however, it is the very nature of the fabric they’ve devoted themselves to that drives their work. The sensuality of silk, the diaphanousness of chiffon, the sense of decay accompanying rusted cotton. Or, it might be simply a swath of white or a swath of black that entices and moves them into action. One artist described that process as bringing fabric “to life.”

Every one of the over forty artists represented in this book brings to her work a “can do” attitude, playing and experimenting until she finds a way to bring her ideas to fruition. Yet many have no formal training in the arts. Some come from backgrounds in fashion design, landscape architecture, and education. A handful attended one of a growing number of university and private programs teaching fabric sculpture. Happily, instruction in the field is growing by leaps and bounds, making it more and more accessible to lovers of textile art.

Debbie Lyddon, Blue Salt Pots

Debbie Lyddon, Blue Salt Pots

There can be no doubt that dimensional fabric art has been and continues to be a profound and compelling movement within modern and contemporary art. All of the works shown are the product of an investigation of materials and techniques, and some an exploration of important cultural issues, as well. But beyond their inherent meaning is the beauty and artistry they offer for all of us to admire.

Comments

  1. Hi Andra,
    I’m interested in submitting work for your wonderful book, but it would have to be something new to fit your definition. Could you clarify the time line for when work or images are to be submitted?
    Regards
    Cathy

  2. Hi Andra
    This is a test comment so you can see how it works.
    Brenda

  3. Congratulations on your fabulous website and blog, Andy!

  4. Thanks so much, Jody!

  5. Any timeline for when the book would be out?

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