Sculpture is no longer limited to materials like stone or metal. Sculpting in fabric is shown in ingenious detail here, with more than 350 lavish photographs of 3-D cloth configurations along with insightful profiles of the 78 artists who created them. The images and text capture the currents that are powering these works, like the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement established in the 1990s and the current revival of the revolutionary sculptural cloth of the 1960s. Works are approached through five themes: investigating nature, capturing the ephemeral, playing with space, telling a story, and "Take Heed." In her foreword, renowned fiber art expert Josephine Stealey helps us put this art form in context, from its origins in 1880 England? arts and craft movement to today. This is essential reading and inspiration for collectors, students, home artists, and anyone who appreciates innovative artwork.
Andra F. Stanton is a retired psychotherapist currently writing about and manipulating fabric in Boulder, Colorado. She first investigated fiber art for her book?Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlan?(Museum of New Mexico Press). She went on to explore other art forms, especially art quilting, surface design, mixed media, and dimensional composition. Stanton? artwork is based on her psychological response to her physical disability, failed spinal surgery. The best way to find comfort, she has concluded, is contributing to the story of humanity through friendship, altruism, curiosity, and creativity, and celebrating those whose art lifts us all. Stanton is also the author of?Pilates for Fragile Backs?(New Harbinger). Josephine Stealey is chair of the department of art at the the University of Missouri, and a nationally recognized artist and curator.