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March 31, 2010 > Textiles add texture to your life

Textiles add texture to your life

By Lucinda Bender

Where would you be without textiles... cold and naked! Textiles and clothing have been enormously important throughout human history, so have their materials, production tools and techniques, cultural influences, and social significance. The 42nd Olive Hyde Textile Exhibition commencing on April 2 featuring fabric arts by Bay Area artists will reveal how far textiles have come.

Due to the size and popularity of this event, it has been extended for an additional two weeks to accommodate art patrons who look forward to this annual event. From its inception through the first 33 years, the show was primarily a quilt show. That changed nine years ago, when Curator/Juror, Sandra Hemsworth expanded "her net" to capture a wider variety of fiber works, to show the community that Fiber Arts can be dimensional and contemporary as well as traditional. Even within the world of quilts, the work can be pushed to reference other mediums, for example in Marion Coleman's portraits in quilt form and the way Denise Miller incorporates textiles in her quilt work to reference painting.

This highly anticipated show will feature 16 artists, several new to the event, and many award-winning artists from previous exhibitions. Approximately 60 works of art ranging from quilts, to wearable art, to Native American referenced work, contemporary fiber based sculpture and Jacquard weaving will be featured.

Textiles, defined as felt or spun fibers made into yarn and subsequently netted, looped, knit or woven to make fabrics, appeared in the Middle East during the last stone age. From ancient times to the present day, methods of textile production have continually evolved, and the choices of textiles available have influenced how people carried their possessions, clothed themselves, and decorated their surroundings. Come see how textiles have evolved.

42nd Textile Exhibition
Opening Reception
Friday, April 2

April 2 - May 15
Thursday - Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123Washington Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 791-4357
www.fremont.gov/Art/OliveHydeArtGallery

Free

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