Marin Community Foundation Hosts “FiberSHED”
Novato, CA (September 8, 2015)—The Marin Community Foundation will host an exhibition, “FiberSHED,” from October 7, 2015 to January 15, 2016, featuring approximately ninety artworks by twenty-four textile and fiber artists, primarily from the Bay Area, and also including five artists from Los Angeles, Michigan, and New Hampshire.
The exhibition will be held at the Foundation’s offices at 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato, CA.
A public reception will be held Wednesday, October 7th from 4:30 – 6:30pm.
The title FiberSHED is a play on the concept of a watershed, an area of land where water flows from the mountaintops, downward to tributary creeks and rivers, and ultimately drains into lakes and oceans. For this exhibition, the title conveys the exceptional art that is being made by visual artists in the medium of fiber primarily located in the bioregion or “shed” of the San Francisco Bay Area. These are artists who share a unique relationship with the landscape and who are making cutting- edge artworks rich in craft tradition, while reflecting local sociocultural discourse.
Currently California is the largest producer of wool in the nation, at 3.1 million pounds annually. A majority of sheep flocks are farmed in the San Joaquin Valley, although, surprisingly, only .03% of this wool is being processed within the state. In 2006, the magazine CRAFT and the Maker Faire concept were both launched out of the North Bay, offering greater currency to the DIY fiber arts communities. This growing community of fiber artists is also supported by the Slow Textile Movement, which is a cross-pollination of textiles and environmental systems-thinking, inspired by ecological principles found in biodynamic farming.
Artworks in FiberSHED include: tapestry, embroidery, felted wool “paintings,” conceptual hook rugs, photographic transfers on woven fiber, clothes portrait quilts, hand-stitched banners and books, painted weavings, book arts, art and science weavings, felt sculpture, horse hair weavings and portraits, and woven measurements of environmental conditions, such as drought and tree rings.
Artists include: Adela Akers, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Anna Von Mertens, Christine Szeto, Diedrick Brackens, Emily Payne, Esther Traugot, George-Ann Bowers, Kate Nartker, Jenne Giles, Lauren Hartman, Lia Cook, Linda Davenport, Liv Aanrud, Liz Robb, Lucy Childs, Luke Haynes, Paul Gillis, Sherri Smith, Stephanie Metz, Tali Weinberg, Topaze Moore, and Victoria May.
Curated by Patricia Watts, Consulting Curator for the Marin Community Foundation since 2012.
About the Marin Community Foundation
The Marin Community Foundation is the primary center for philanthropy in Marin County, CA and is one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. It manages the assets of the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust and over 500 funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. The Foundation makes significant improvements in communities around the world in two ways: by spearheading initiatives for long-term, sustainable change in Marin, and by distributing grants from donor-advised funds locally, across the U.S., and around the world. Now in its 29th year, the Marin Community Foundation has assets of over $1.6 billion, with annual grant distributions of approximately $60 million.