Untitled #16 (Thread) at the Denver Art Museum
As mentioned in the News and Notes section of the
November/December 2008 issue, team Fiberarts
(Editor Marci Rae McDade and Assistant Editor Liz
Good) were on the scene for Untitled #16 (Thread),
an evening of how-to fun hosted by the Denver
Art Museum on June 27. A variety of hands-on activities
were thematically arranged to connect with the exhibit
on display, Gee’s
Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt (the exhibit
is currently on view through December 14 at the Philadelphia
Museum of Art). Here we share additional images
from the event.
Visitors tried their hands at crochet, sewing, and
collage with helpful tips provided by visiting artists
like Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran from the Fancy
Tiger, a DIY boutique in Denver. The dynamic duo
taught passersby how to crochet with over-sized hooks
and strips of recycled linens with the goal of communally
creating the world’s longest scarf.
Liz helps crochet the world’s longest scarf
with help from Jaime Jennings of Fancy Tiger in Denver.
Amber Corcoran of Fancy Tiger in Denver, crochets
part of the world’s longest scarf.
Liz and Marci were first in line to help make the
world’s longest scarf.
Fiber (aka artist and activist Carole Lung who
is profiled in the November/December 2008 issue) taught
visitors some of the basics about garment construction,
transforming old bed sheets into new shirts.
Frau Fiber conducted a sewing workshop to make shirts
from donated bed sheets.
One of Frau Fiber’s completed shirts.
For those interested in quilt design, tables were
arranged with cardboard squares, fabric swatches,
scissors, and glue sticks to experiment through impromptu
Denver Art Museum visitors collage quilt designs.
Liz and Marci proudly display their quilt-design cards.
The evening was “embellished” with a
performance by the Spirituals
Project Choir in the exhibit gallery, binding
the stories of those quilts to their African American
heritage through uplifting song.
Marci gets swept up in the moment outside the Denver