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March 21, 2014

Andrea grahamFor awhile now I have been working on a thesis regarding fiber artist’s foray’s into well let’s just say it architecture. I also have, with Tami, illustrated how those of us with an architecture background have investigated textiles as a medium and have looked to it as a new way to build. Architects and architecture schools have dipped their toe in the water on this, see the show Curtains  at UT Austin last year. But often the architectural manifestation can not go beyond the sun shade or the etherial room partition.  I find that fiber artist’s actually have a more heightened ability to build with fabric than architects. Above is the ,I think, ground breaking work of fiber artist Andrea Graham, now on view at Modern Fuel in Kingston, Ontario. Andrea has gone from small, John Hedjek like towers models to now these full scale totems. All I can say is powerful.

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