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32 | THREE DIMENSIONS IN FIBER
by Claudia Herbst-Tait
Digital arts professor Claudia Herbst-Tait makes the cerebral
tangible through a series of gestural Jacquard weavings that
begin as three-dimensional computer animations.
36 | MANUFACTURING INTERVENTIONS
by Gabriel Craig
The recent soft sculptures of Margarita Cabrera, made
collaboratively with immigrant textile workers, are
embroidered with poignant personal narratives and potent
38 | SLOPPY CRAFT
by Elissa Auther, Susan Kunimatsu, and Mung Lar Lam
A new aesthetic called “sloppy craft” has emerged in the field
of contemporary fiber art. In this feature article, we take a
closer look at the historical roots of this controversial
movement and meet two of its most active proponents.
42 | AURA QUILTS
by Sabrina Gschwandtner
Anna Von Mertens creates vibrant hand-dyed and
handstitched art quilts based on the auras of famous
44 | 2010 STUDENT SHOWCASE
Our sixth annual student showcase features work being
produced in colleges and universities both in the United
States and internationally.
ON THE COVER: Margarita Cabrera, Candelaria Cabrera:
Nopal (detail), 2010; repurposed border patrol uniforms,
thread, copper wire, foam, terra cotta-pot; hand-embroidered;
41" x 59" x 34". Made collaboratively with Margarita Cabrera
and partly commissioned by the Ballroom Marfa, Marfa,
Texas, 2010. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen. PAGE 42: Anna Von
Mertens, Madame X’s aura, after John Singer Sargent (detail),
2009; cotton, cotton batting; hand-dyed, handstitched; 83" x
43¼". Courtesy of Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Photo: Don Tuttle Photography. PAGE 38: Josh Faught, Triage
(detail), 2009; hemp, nail polish, spray paint, indigo, logwood,
toilet paper, greeting cards, pins, books, plaster, yarn, handmade wooden sign, denim, gloves; 80" x 120". Courtesy of the
artist and Lisa Cooley Fine Art, New York. PAGE 44: Kanako
Namura, Untitled (mark-making through folding) (detail), 2009;
fiber-reactive dye; shibori resist on cotton sateen; 27" x 29".
MFA Textiles, San Francisco State University, San Francisco,
California. Photo: Kim Snyder.
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20 | Creative Process
Turning Uniforms into Handmade Paper | Art Cloth | No-Rules Knitting
28 | Profiles
Margot Quan Knight | Nendo
50 | Reviews
The International Triennial of Tapestry | Liz Whitney Quisgard
56 | Travel & Traditions
Threads of Tradition
72 | Curtains
Pip Culbert: Process of Elimination
News & Notes
Current & Coming
Competitions & Opportunities
above: Anne-Gry Løland (Norway), Monuments (detail), 2009;
fabric; appliquéd, devoré, printed; 112¼" x 111". This work is included in the International Triennial of Tapestry in Łódz´, Poland.
ourtesy of the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódz´, Poland.
Photo: Monique Lehman.
Editor Marci Rae McDade
senior Editor Liz Good
Mollie Baker, Sarah Laird
copy editors Katie Bright,
Designer Jason Reid
Marc McCoy Owens
on the web
• Revisit “Louise Bourgeois: Stitching Salvation” by Rhonda
Sonnenberg from our September/October 2006 issue
• See more of Margot Quan Knight’s Mirror Quilts and read
the stories behind them
• See one of Claudia Herbst-Tait’s 3-D animations and the
Jacquard weaving that resulted from her cross-disciplinary
• Process images from Margarita Cabrera’s Space in Between
• More work from our featured student artists
• Updated exhibitions and competitions listings
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