Four decades ago, the enthusiasts and experts of Fiber Artists of Oklahoma put together a statewide show dedicated to featuring the finest examples of their creative disciplines. Fiberworks is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and remains not only a showcase of quality craftsmanship, but a font of surprising innovation, as well. Be prepared for the unexpected when the show returns to the IAO Gallery at 706 W Sheridan June 15-Aug. 10.
Though organized by Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, Fiberworks is open to all Oklahoma residents; submissions must be original work done in the last two years and consist of fiber art, although that qualification allows for a great deal of interpretation.
“The number one thing that I always appreciate about this show is the amazing variety of work that is contained in the term fiber arts – anything done with fiber as media, or any media done with a fiber technique,” says FAO’s Karen Collier. “It’s open enough that we get some genuinely innovative stuff that I just love, as well as some more traditional arts.”
Juror David Brackett, Associate Professor of textile and fiber at the University of Kansas, has selected the pieces featured in this anniversary show, and will present cash awards for various categories of outstanding work. Brackett will also lead a public workshop about modern macramé on June 16-17; to register, visit fiberartistsok.org.
There’s no charge to see the exhibition, which could include a colorful, expertly woven afghan alongside a three-dimensional sculpture made from interlocking strands of paper or some less orthodox material.
“After 40 years, I’m still surprised every time I see the show,” says Collier with a laugh. “There’s always something creative that catches me off guard.”