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FiberArts

FiberArts  features contemporary artists who work with fabric, weaving, sewing, dyes, textiles, embroidery, crochet, knitting, needlework and soft sculpture in order to produce works that boast both fine craftsmanship and fine art. Although expression and decoration with textiles is ancient, it was only fairly recently accepted in the fine arts world. The fibers revolution of the 1960’s led to a huge number of artists, both men and women, exploring and experimenting in a medium which was once labeled “women’s work” or pushed aside from the arts scene as mere craft.

FiberArts Spines

In the library you will find 122 Issues of FiberArts  from 1979 to the Summer 2011 issue, which was sadly the last.

FiberArts. March/April 1989.
“Dinner” by Joan Ward Summer. 1985. Wool, tapestry.

FiberArts. January/February 1982.
“Rhythm” by Jarmila Machova.

FiberArts. Summer 1990.
“The Street Story Quilt Part 1: The Accident” by Faith Ringgold. 1985.

FiberArts. March/April 1989.
Masking Costume of the Igbo People, Nigeria.

FiberArts. Summer 1990.
“Animated Power” (1987) and “The Harvest” (1989) by Tina Brewer.

FiberArts. November/December 1988.
Left: “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” by Anna Arbor. 1987. Saftey fence & Surveyor’s ribbon, woven and knotted.
Right: “The Neighborhood Nuisances” by Beth Holyoke. 1987. Ripstop Nylon & Applique.

FiberArts. November/December 1989.
Lillian Elliot

FiberArts. November/December 1989.
(An advertisement.)

FiberArts. November/December 1989.
Top: “Leopards” by Jean Hewes. 1988.
Bottom: “Edmond’s Fast Food” by Chris Wolf. 1989.

FiberArts. January/February 1982.

FiberArts. 1980, No 6.
Katherine Westphal.

FiberArts. March/April 1982.

Left Page: “Rose of Fire” and “Movement of Red” by Akiko Kotani.
Right Page: Carol Mecagni

FiberArts. 1979.
Pam Patrie.

FiberArts. 1980, No 6.
Judith Poxson Fawkes.

FiberArts. 1981, No 2.
Anne McKenzie Nicholson.

FiberArts. March/April 1982.
Machine-Knit garments by Betsy Lahaussios, Mickey Nushawg, Susanna Lewis, Jean Williams Cacicedo.

FiberArts. March/April 1982.
Left: detail of “Four in One” by Carole Beadle.
Right: detail of work by Lia Cook.

FiberArts. March/April 1982.
Large picture: “Gingko Grid” by Diane Itter.

FiberArts. Summer 1990.

FiberArts. Summer 1990.

FiberArts. 1980, No 6.

FiberArts. November/December 1982.

FiberArts. November/December 1982.

FiberArts. January/February 1983.
Top Left: Man’s Robe. Turkestan.
Top Right: “Charles Patless” by Pat Oleszko.
Bottom: “Stop and Go Dress” by Cynthia Pannucci.

FiberArts. January/February 1983.

FiberArts. January/February 1983.
Left to Right, Clockwise (Artists, not pictured): Jocelyn Turner, Judith Content, Judith Stein, Norma Rosen.

FiberArts. January/February 1983.
Clockwise from bottom left (artists, not pictured): Cate Fitt, Fraas/Slade, Yvonne Porcella, Ellen Haputli, Dina Knapp.

Nance O'Banion

Nance O’Banion

Harmony Hammond

Harmony Hammond

FiberArts. 1980, No 6.

Bonnie Meltzer with two of her crocheted yarn hangings, "Middle Aged Date" and "Man Eating Spaghetti"

Bonnie Meltzer with two of her crocheted yarn hangings, “Middle Aged Date” and “Man Eating Spaghetti”

Betye Saar

Betye Saar

FiberArts, Volume 1. 1980.

FiberArts. 1981, No 2.
“Moma and Nana” by Faith Ringgold.

Plaid Shirt by Deborah Kaufman, Felted Wool, 26 x 36 "

FiberArts, Volume 1. 1980.
Plaid Shirt by Deborah Kaufman, Felted Wool, 26 x 36 “

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African Arts

spineFrom the UCLA African Arts homepage:

African Arts presents original research and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures. Since 1967, the journal has reflected the dynamism and diversity of several fields of humanistic study, publishing richly illustrated articles in full color, incorporating the most current theory, practice, and intercultural dialogue.”

Utilizing raw materials like straw and palm fronds, the artists represented here display an uninhibited mastery of caricature. They distort the literal human image with a sense of humor and playfulness into an iconic and sometimes frightening archetype.

Our current holdings of African Arts begin in 1976. Here are some selections from the earlier issues:

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.  "The Dan Masker zakpai ga from Gpapolulo. Its main function is to insure that women have put out their fires every noon during the dry season before the potentially dangerous afternoon winds begin to blow." Photo by Eberhard and Barbara Fischer.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.
“The Dan Masker zakpai ga from Gpapolulo. Its main function is to insure that women have put out their fires every noon during the dry season before the potentially dangerous afternoon winds begin to blow.”
Photo by Eberhard and Barbara Fischer.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978. Traditional Ndebele Beadwork. Left: "A woman wearing her mapoto stands before the brightly colored murals of her house." Right: "An elderly woman wearing a Linaga decorated with a broad strip of small white beads. It has designs in the traditional red-blue-green-orange color combination." Photos by Suzanne Priebatsch & Natalie Knight.

jan1978volxi#2African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 02. January 1978.
Traditional Ndebele Beadwork.
Top Left: “A woman wearing her mapoto stands before the brightly colored murals of her house.”
Top Right: “An elderly woman wearing a Linaga decorated with a broad strip of small white beads. It has designs in the traditional red-blue-green-orange color combination.”
Bottom Right: “A maiden poses with her mother’s magnificently beaded blanket. The predominance of blue, green and black beads indicates its recent vintage.”
Photos by Suzanne Priebatsch & Natalie Knight.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977. "Birthday for African Arts and the united States Bicentennial." Tito Zungu, South Africa. Ballpoint pen and koki pen on paper. 20 cm x 25 cm.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977.
“Birthday for African Arts and the united States Bicentennial.” Tito Zungu, South Africa. Ballpoint pen and koki pen on paper. 20 cm x 25 cm.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977. Right: "Flower composition between door and window painted to represent formalized leaves. Xhosa, near Assegai Bush, Cape Province." Left: "Litema motif. Sotho, near Kroonstad, orange free state.

African Arts, Volume X, Issue Number 02. January 1977.
Right: “Flower composition between door and window painted to represent formalized leaves. Xhosa, near Assegai Bush, Cape Province.”
Left: “Litema motif. Sotho, near Kroonstad, orange free state.”

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978. "The idean lyawo, described by some as reprseenting a bride or wife, who exudes quiet dignity and refinement in her dance and costume. Her body is enveloped in folds of costly fabric, and her elaborate hairstyle is bedecked with silver and gold. Iyawo's facial features are rendered in appliqued red cloth bisected by shiny zippers." IIaro, Nigeria. Photo: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.
“The idean lyawo, described by some as reprseenting a bride or wife, who exudes quiet dignity and refinement in her dance and costume. Her body is enveloped in folds of costly fabric, and her elaborate hairstyle is bedecked with silver and gold. Iyawo’s facial features are rendered in appliqued red cloth bisected by shiny zippers.”
IIaro, Nigeria.
Photo: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.

African Arts, Volume XI, Issue Number 03. April 1978.
Egungun (masked figures)
Ikenne, Nigeria.
Photos: Klindt Houlberg.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.
Right: Masquerades at the Ebi-Woro Festival. Ijebu, 1982.
Photos: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.

African Arts, Volume XX, Issue Number 01. October 1986.
Right: Jigbo Masqueraders. Ijebu, 1982.
Photos: Henry John Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XXI, Issue Number 02. February 1988. In the Mami Wata Shrine of Dr. Alphonsus Njoku. Photos: Margaret and Henry Drewal.

African Arts, Volume XXI, Issue Number 02. February 1988.
In the Mami Wata Shrine of Dr. Alphonsus Njoku.
Photos: Margaret and Henry Drewal.