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Fiberarts - November/December 2009
November/December 2009

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More work and artists’ statements from our student showcase finalists.
Videos on Nick Cave’s soundsuits.
The making of Janet Echelman’s She Changes.
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November/December 2009

Videos on Nick Cave’s soundsuits

Heart flipbook by Andrea Dezso
SOUNDSUIT, 2009; found vintage ceramic bird figurines, beads, appliqué found beaded and sequin fabrics; 7' x 40" x 38". Image courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, California. Photo: James Prinz.

Nick Cave is the subject of a feature in our November/December 2009 issue. A former Alvin Ailey dancer and current chairman of the fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cave’s wearable works of art, “soundsuits,” merge textiles, sculpture and performance. The mesmerizing and awe-inspiring soundsuits, some as tall as twenty feet, are all carefully crafted with a wide range of techniques that include, embroidery, crochet, knitting, and rug-hooking with found and repurposed materials such like doilies, sweaters, twigs, buttons, tin cans, ceramic figurines, toys, and human hair. A feast for eyes as well as the ears, over fifty of these joyful creations with accompanying performance videos are featured in the retrospective exhibition Nick Cave: Meet me at the Center of the Earth organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, that was the subject of the article in Fiberarts and will travel the United States through 2011.

Here we share videos about Cave and his sound suits.


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