Embroidery from India and Pakistan @ The Rubin Museum
April 16, 2009

Mirror cloth bag

Mirror cloth bag

The photo above is of a small handwoven Indian mirror cloth bag that I’ve had since Indian culture inspired Allen Ginsberg and The Beatles. I excavated it to illustrate this post about the “Color and Light” embroidery show, comfortably installed on the 4th floor of the Rubin Museum until May 11.

It’s a must-see for textile lovers: The extravagantly labor-intensive South Asian textiles are quilted, tie-dyed, appliquéd, felted, tasseled, and tatted, as well as being embroidered with silk thread, mirrors, and iridescent beetle wing casings. In other words, it’s a very colorful and diverse exhibition of clothing, home (from tent to palace) decoration, animal coverings, and ceremonial items (from the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada).

I lucked into an impromptu private tour of some of the highlights, so I know that many interesting details are not mentioned in the wall descriptions. My recommendation is to look closely and take a tour if you can.

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Exhibition of miniature fiberart
January 2, 2009

"Reflecting Pool" by Katherine D. Crone

"Reflecting Pool" by Katherine D. Crone

Katherine Crone’s piece ( shown above) measures only 4″ x 6″ x 4″.  It  is part of  the Textile Study Group of New York’s  “Economies of Scale” exhibition, which will open next Wednesday, January 7, at the Phoenix Gallery, 210 Eleventh Ave. @ 25th St,  NYC.

The members’  fiber pieces on display were created using  diverse materials, techniques, and styles,  but conform to  a 6-inch-in-any-dimension size limit. The exhibition was juried by Lewis Knauss, artist, and professor at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia.

For more information about the group, the exhibition, and the catalog, scroll down to the Textile Study Group’s link at the bottom of this page, and go to the exhibition page.