Embroidery

Embroidery Exhibition Gives a Formal Setting to Often Informal Art


Embroidery by Jess De Wahls

In Philadel­phia, there’s an exhi­bi­tion at the Par­a­digm Gallery on embroi­dery and con­tem­po­rary fab­ric work that’s a must see. Called Stitched: Part II, it fea­tures 16 artists who make use of these tech­niques in a vari­ety of ways. Their indi­vid­ual imagery dif­fers, but they are all con­struct­ed (in part) with a nee­dle and thread.

Par­a­digm explains the con­cept behind Stitched: Part II, which focus­es on giv­ing fiber art a voice in a his­tor­i­cal­ly unlike­ly set­ting:

Embroi­dery, stitch­ing, and oth­er fibers tech­niques that fall under the cat­e­go­ry of “craft” have some­times been viewed as sep­a­rate or less­er than “fine art” in the arts com­mu­ni­ty as a whole. This is in large part because these tech­niques and skills are his­tor­i­cal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with women and “domes­tic tasks,” over­look­ing the intense skill and cre­ativ­i­ty required to cre­ate the art­work. It has been excit­ing see­ing opin­ions dras­ti­cal­ly shift about craft—a cat­e­go­ry many of our artists fall under at the gallery year-round—in recent years. We are thrilled to be high­light­ing this spe­cif­ic medi­um and the artists behind it, both female-iden­ti­fy­ing and not, at Par­a­digm.

Stitched: Part II is on view at the Par­a­digm Gallery until July 22, 2017. They were kind enough to share some shots from the show—including gor­geous details of the work. I’ve select­ed many of my favorites, some of which you’ve seen on Brown Paper Bag. Pieces from this show are also for sale through the gallery’s web­site.

The Paradigm Gallery has curated a fabric and embroidery exhibition called Stitched: Part II.

Jess De Wahls

Embroidery by Jess De Wahls

Embroidery by Jess De Wahls

Embroidery by Jess De Wahls

Emma Mattson (on Brown Paper Bag)

Embroidery by Emma Mattson

Embroidery by Emma Mattson

A.W. Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Irem Yazici (on Brown Paper Bag)

Embroidery by Irem Yazici

Embroidery by Irem Yazici

Sarah K. Benning (on Brown Paper Bag)

Embroidery by Sarah K. Benning

Embroidery by Sarah K. Benning

Embroidery by Sarah K. Benning

 

Fiber and embroidery exhibition installation shots:

Embroidery exhibition shot of "Stitched: Part II" at the Paradigm Gallery

Embroidery exhibition shot of "Stitched: Part II" at the Paradigm Gallery

Embroidery exhibition shot of "Stitched: Part II" at the Paradigm Gallery

Embroidery exhibition shot of "Stitched: Part II" at the Paradigm Gallery

Embroidery by Jess De WahlsEmbroidery by Jess De Wahls

Embroidery by Sarah K. Benning

Embroidery by Emma Mattson

Embroidery by Allison Sommers

Embroidery by Allison Sommers