Vol. 33 No. 4
ON THE COVER: Betsy Sterling Benjamin, Blue Lotus of Lumbini, 2006; rozome (wax resist) on silk; 42 1⁄2" x
30 1⁄3". Benjamin is profiled on page 30. Photo: Mark Fernald. ABOVE LEFT: Tenture aux poissons (Fish Tapestry)
(detail), Antinoë, Middle Egypt, second or third century; wool; about 54 1⁄3" x 34 1⁄4". Photo: Pierre Verrier.
Courtesy of Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs de Lyon, France. ABOVE RIGHT: Ann Matlock, Coptic
Fish, Lyon, 2006; watercolor; 6" x 9". On page 34, Matlock describes her creative process and how she is inspired
by the textile collections of several European museums.
JOURNEYS OF THE SOUL: BETSY STERLING BENJAMIN
by Katherine Aimone
The artist’s rozome-dyed textiles explore the physical and spiritual world.
BARBARA SHAPIRO: POWER GARMENTS AND HEALER’S CLOTHS
by Melissa Leventon
Textiles from Africa and Asia influence this artist’s dyed and woven works.
A WEAVER’S TRIP TO EUROPE
by Ann Matlock
Visiting museums to study and sketch textiles feeds this artist’s creative process.
THE FIBERARTS GUIDE TO TEXTILE TOURS
Feeling the yen for a trip? These organizations offer guided tours that explore textile
traditions, artwork, and cultures.
ON THE WEB: Textile To Travel For
REBECCA VAUGHAN: LURE
by Lynn Cornelius Jablonski
Through embroidered, scented pieces, worn by women across the country, the artist
searches for her mother.
A BARN BUILT FOR ART
by Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta
In Wilton, Connecticut, this couple has renovated their home—an 1895 barn—to
highlight the fiber art they promote.
News & Notes
Craft in America | In Memoriam: Rosie Lee Tompkins | Texas
Museum of Fiber Arts | Textile Conservation Laboratory | Fiber
Artists’ Oral Histories | Gallery News | Artist Awards | and other
tidbits from the fiber world
The Dinner Party | Fiberart International | Carter Smith | Fiber
Wish You Were Here
Laura Nathan | Françoise Micoud
ON THE WEB: Fiber-Postcard Valentines
American Tapestry Biennial Six | Altered, Stitched and Gathered |
Gail Grinnell: Bitter Love
Travel & Traditions
Fiber-Arts Trails in New Mexico | Santa Fe’s Fiber Hot Spots
Current & Coming
Competitions & Opportunities
Mary Andrews of Grand Blanc, Michigan, sent
this fabric postcard to us for our Valentine’s Day
mail-art project. See more postcard valentines
on page 28.