Friday, November 28, 2014

On the Fringe — Today's Twist on Fiber Art

Deadline: January 30, 2015 (ONLINE)

On the Fringe — Today's Twist on Fiber Art
Special Exhibit
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Lakewood Center for the Arts
Lake Oswego, Oregon
June 26, 27, & 28, 2015

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2015 Special Exhibit, entitled On the Fringe — Today’s Twist on Fiber Art.

Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. Fiber art focuses on the materials and the artist’s manual labor as part of the works' significance and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

Scope of the Exhibit

Much contemporary fiber art exists on the fringes. Is it craft? Is it conceptual? Is it traditional? We often want to fit creative identities into neat little boxes––organized and easy to understand––but we also know that reality does not often conform to that degree of simplicity. At the edges, where there is overlap, there is tension. The exhibit seeks to explore the energy in that tension.

The goals of the exhibit are to capture these currents in fiber arts with works based on traditional techniques, to showcase artistic ingenuity in the handling of materials, to reference historical textile traditions, and to offer a wide variety of fiber media.

We are seeking artwork that is at once forward thinking and traditional: coming from conceptual art practice while rooted in traditional techniques or materials.


The theme for the Special Exhibit is “On the Fringe” with an emphasis on using the medium of fiber in non-traditional ways. We will celebrate the wide range of today's fiber arts media and highlight the ingenuity with respect for traditional fiber arts, practices, and history.


The exhibit is open to work made with fiber or fiber techniques (including but not exclusive to quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tatting, weaving, spinning, felting) or with elements that reference fiber or fiber traditions.

Makers of wearable art and jewelry, please consider whether Art in the Park is a more suitable venue for your work.

Works Eligible:

◾ All work must be original and created within the last three years.
◾ Maximum length of any side of the finished work is eight (8) feet.

Artwork for the Special Exhibit will be selected based on adherence to the stated theme, originality, personal voice, and technical skill.

◾ MaryAnn Deffenbaugh – Director of Public Programs, Oregon College of Art and Craft
◾ Barbara Setsu Pickett – Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, University of Oregon
◾ Sue Stone – Chair and exhibiting member, 62 Group of Textile Artists (UK) and Society of Designer Craftsmen member

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Visit website for complete details including link to online application:


Marilyn Davis or Sandra Kennedy, Co-Chairs of the Special Exhibit
Phone: 503-636-1060 Email: