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Atrium Gallery: Salvage/Selvage – A fiber art exhibit of the Fiber Arts Coalition

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December 12, 2014 – February 7, 2015

Dates:  December 12, 2014  – February 7, 2015
Location: CTAC Atrium Gallery

By dictionary definition: “Salvage is the saving and use of waste materials; Selvage is the fabric edging woven to prevent fraying.” In Salvage/Selvage, Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition combined these notions and embraced the challenge to create fiber artwork using “non-traditional” materials. The individual works use a variety of materials, surface design and stitching techniques to create unique explorations in fiber art.

The creativity of artists over the centuries has not been limited solely to inspiration, determination and craftsmanship. Reclaiming and re-using cast-off, found and recycled materials has sparked the imagination of artists in all media. Countless canvasses now hang in museums with numerous paintings under the visible surface layer. “Junk sculpture”, “combines” and “re-purposed furniture” grace many corporate collections. Dresses, shirts, sweaters and cloth have been unraveled and then re-worked into “new” tapestries, clothing and quilts. The intent and skill of the individual artist are what make these artworks provocative and stimulating. The questions of material, value, worthiness and art all provide fodder as the viewer feasts his eyes on something new created from something old or discarded.

Image: Tattered Memories,  Kathy Briggs

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