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.
Fiber and embroidery exhibition installation shots: