The Art of Textiles

2016-6

the art of Textile art is one of the oldest existing art forms, originally created to be both functional and ornamental. Many well-known pieces displayed in international galleries are important to art lovers and historians because they are the keys that anthropologists use to determine the social and daily interactions of a lost culture. Although textile art has transitioned from primarily practical to mostly decora-tive over generations, today’s pieces retain yesterday’s vibrancy and beauty, even as the means of creating these objects evolve. Modern fabric artists like Molly Scott and Patricia Mattison com-bine the old and the new, incorporating some of the methods that have been used for thousands of years while employing 21st-century techniques. Modern textiles trace their ancestry to pieces that were used for daily and cer-emonial tasks — everything from worship to hunting and gathering. Fabrics were intricately woven to gather berries, nuts, and other essentials for daily life, then prominently displayed within a home when not in use. Materials such as bark, grass, and other natural fibers were woven together to form protective clothing. Some garments, made from hand-made materials and dyes, could be considered an art form that would show the importance of the person wearing it. b y Me g h a n B a r n e s 30 WBM june 2016


2016-6
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