The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) presents WEFT: Women Empowering Fiber Traditions in the Tallahassee City Hall Art Gallery at 300 South Adams Street from February 2 – April 2, 2023. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Featured Artists, many of whom are FSU Art faculty and alumni, include Sarah Black Sadler, Kelly Boehmer, Denise Bookwalter, Mona Bozorgi, Kiley Brandt, Jillian Browning, Lisa Co, Laura De Valencia, Liz Di Donna, Leah Gossett, Linda Hall, Holly Hanessian, Tenee’ Hart, Cynthia Hollis, Celeste Ivory, Judy Rushin-Knopf, Anne Stagg, Brittany Watkins, April Webb.
WEFT // Women Empowering Fiber Traditions
A warp and weft are considered the two basic components used in a weaving to turn thread and/or yarn into fabric. As one of the core supporting structures throughout all textiles, the horizontal supporting threads interlaced through the weaving are called the weft. Irregular stitches, wrapped fibers, gushing forms, woven strands, inked surfaces, soaked parchment, and the manipulation of the ‘everyday’ will be crucial and visible components within WEFT. The scope of mediums represented within this exhibition will encompass various approaches to fiber traditions. These practices are usually associated with ‘women work’ as they were consider to be in the domestic sphere. Knowledge of empowerment through these craft-based practices and acknowledgment of these forgotten/discarded domestic traditions will be seen. For all of the conceptual underpinning that inspired their creation and interpretation, these works from an all-female group of artists will remain committed to an intriguing physicality that comes from palpable material usage and technique.
Women Empowering Fiber Traditions is an all-women fiber art exhibition featuring 20 artists based locally and throughout the region.
You can view the full exhibition at the City Hall Gallery from now until April 2. Also! Selectively featured at COCA is a series by Cynthia Hollis. Make sure to view both stops 🤩
Read an excellent in-depth write-up in the Tallahassee Democrat, “Fiber sculptures thread a space for female artists at City Hall”, at: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/entertainment/things-to-do/2023/02/18/women-weave-way-into-city-hall-with-empowering-fiber-traditions/69912768007/
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