The Chemistry of FiberLab Virtual Reception
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These exceptional pieces by over 16 artists investigate the processes used in mixed media 2D, 3D, painting, printmaking, needle arts, surface design, dyeing and more. The big idea behind FiberLAB is to provide a safe space for risk taking. A place to expand our knowledge base and facilitate creativity. Working with different mediums can be very expensive and precious, inhibiting the ability to relax and “let it all go.” When provided with access to materials and tools, there is freedom to play, be brave and allow our instincts to guide us. We started calling it FiberLab after a few sessions because it describes our inquisitively open and experimental approach. There are no wrong answers in the ‘Lab because all efforts, even those that end unexpectedly, are successful in advancing our knowledge and enhancing discovery. When meeting in the studio the atmosphere on any given day can be chaotic with several different activities happening at once. We trip over each other while dyeing, stamping, sewing, weaving, felting, etc. Each time there’s something happening in the background like an onion skin dye pot, or a rigid heddle loom warped with alternative materials, or a station to monoprint on fabric, or... you get the idea! We also make time to work on individual feedback and discussion about each of our next steps. During the Pandemic we meet with online sharing sessions where we continue our inquiries into our individual interests and practice. We sorely miss seeing each other in person but have become closer in spite of the social distance between us. Artist’s work is often solitary and there is much discussion about the benefits of art communities for the health and wellbeing of individuals. Each of us brings different experiences and skillsets that add to the diversity of the mix. We have become a beloved bunch who are invested in each other’s objectives while encouraging risk-taking in the development of a personal voice. At the completion of each meeting we see things in a more expansive light due to the collaboration. We laugh a lot. Together we share a passion and curiosity about the way things work as we dare to explore how to express ourselves. The work of more than 16 artists will be featured in the exhibition. The pieces investigate the processes used in mixed media 2D, 3D, painting, printmaking, needle arts, surface design, dyeing and more.