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One foot in the past, one in the future

40 West Arts show examines fiber art

Posted 2/10/14

The world of fiber art is one that stretches back as far as antiquity, yet is still evolving and changing.

The 40 West Arts District’s latest show, “Unraveled — Fiber Re-imagined” celebrates the art form and all its history and …

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arts

One foot in the past, one in the future

40 West Arts show examines fiber art

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The world of fiber art is one that stretches back as far as antiquity, yet is still evolving and changing.
The 40 West Arts District’s latest show, “Unraveled — Fiber Re-imagined” celebrates the art form and all its history and evolution.
The show will be up at the district’s gallery, 1560 Teller, until Feb. 27. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
“We’re looking to do more edgy shows in 2014 and thought what can we do with a fiber show,” said Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District. “There’s a niche out here for this kind of art it is something we’ve never done before.”
Like all of 40 West’s shows, the idea came about from the district’s exhibition committee, which is made up of 40 West members and artists who want to participate and help shape the direction the district explores.
“We were brainstorming potential shows and the goal was to come up with at least two to three shows that are in the doing something cutting edge and fiber is something I submitted,” said Richard Eversley, who curated the show and worked with the jurors to develop the vision. “I thought this is a group of artists that are a bit underserved and could use the space.”
According to Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group, the show features submissions from artists from all over the country, thanks to 40 West’s efforts in reaching out to a diverse range of colleges and art schools.
Colorado State University has a famous fiber arts show every year that is currently on display, and the hope is “Unraveled” will benefit from the attention and artists participating in that show.
“We have 26 pieces on display and are fortunate enough to have work from schools all over the country,” Byerlein said. “We want to engage everyone and to that end we have a wide range of works in the show.”
To tap into the variety of works available, the show includes the use of textiles, string, yarn, wire, and a broad spectrum of recycled materials. There are also a variety of textile techniques used by artists — from woven, knitted and crocheted metal to handmade paper, beads, embroidery and quilting.
The show is juried by Wendy Franzen and Sara Rockinger, both of whom are well known in the fiber arts community.
“As the curator you’re kind of like a neutral person, helping the artists with questions and logistics while making the decisions on space and installation,” Eversley said.
According to Eversley, there are a lot of things to be excited about in regards to the show, not the least of which is the fact that this community of artists gets so few shows dedicated specifically to their work and it’s a big deal that Lakewood is hosting one.
“This is a different and unique show that is excellent,” he said. “Fiber art is interesting because it can be extremely utilitarian but very artistic.”
For more information, visit ww.40westarts.org.
About the Jurors
www.WendyFranzen.com
Wendy Westfall Franzen received her master of fine art at Colorado State University with a concentration in fibers. She received her Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture. She has shown her work throughout Colorado including the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver, the Museum of Art Fort Collins, and the Lincoln Center Gallery Fort Collins. Wendy’s work is informed by modern technology, invention and how they shift our perceptions of the world.
www.srockinger.net
Using her sewing machine as a drawing and sculptural tool has rewarded Sara Rockinger with national attention. Sara’s work has been included in several national exhibitions including the traveling fiber art exhibit Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers. Her work has been published in Fiber Arts Magazine and the book Freestyle Machine Embroidery. Sara received her MFA in Fiber from Colorado State University in 2008.

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