Fiber art: See it, touch it.

By January 17, 2011

"THIS TOO SHALL PASS" — by Emily Dvorin


"THIS TOO SHALL PASS" by Emily Dvorin

Webster’s 1913 dictionary defines fiber as a “general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.” It can include wool, fur, skins, plant materials and synthetic materials. Fiber is used in clothing, paper products and more. As long as we’ve had clothes, fiber has been with us.

Fiber is used to produce everything from yarn to racing auto parts to paper money. It is arguably one of the most useful, necessary resources known to man. It is also a useful medium in the world of visual art— its potential limited only by the boundaries of the mind.

This medium is the focus of a new exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom that opens this Friday, Jan. 21. “Text and Texture” presents a broad range of stimulating and thought-provoking fiber art, courtesy of the members of the California Fiber Artists. All works feature the theme of text and texture.

Artists used an interesting variety of fiber art forms to communicate the theme. Some used fibers to communicate a common form of “textual” presentation, such as a book, scroll or banner. Others used references to classical literature.

Cindy Abraham is the gallery coordinator at 48 Natoma. She and her staff work hard to keep exhibits interesting, enjoyable and relevant to the public.

“At this time of year, I usually try to curate an exhibit that emphasizes fiber or textiles,” she said. “The Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild has its major show next door at the Folsom Community Center the weekend of Feb. 12 and thousands of fiber art enthusiasts come through the Folsom Civic Center. Last year, one of the members of the California Fiber Artists organization contacted me to apply to exhibit their annual juried show here at the Gallery at 48 Natoma. It was a perfect fit.”


The exhibit will showcase more than 60 items, ranging from three-dimensional fiber sculptures to traditional and contemporary quilts — even hand-painted silk textiles will be on show.

“This exhibit will offer a wide variety of what is current in fiber arts in the west coast,” Abraham said.

A reception for “Text and Texture” will be held this Friday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The artists’ reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

“Text and Texture” runs through March 10. The Gallery at 48 Natoma is located at 48 Natoma Street in Folsom. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional hours on some weeknights and Saturdays. Admission is free. Contact the gallery for holiday, evening and weekend hours. Special group and free school tours can be arranged by appointment. To request additional gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Cindy Abraham at (916) 351-3506 or [email protected].

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Susan Laird


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