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Sheila Hicks: Fifty Years of Fabulous Fiber Art

Sheila Hicks. American,1934- Zapallar, 1957-58 wool 9 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Private collection Photograph by: Bastiaan van den Berg

I have a fondness for orange combined with pink.  Pink is not my favorite color, so there must be something about orange that transforms it for me!

Chinese Coins Quilt Pattern in Mosaic
Chinese Coins Quilt Pattern in Mosaic by Margaret Almon

“Textiles had been relegated to a secondary role in our society, to a material that was either functional or decorative.  I wanted to give it another status and show what an artist can do with these incredible materials.”

-Sheila Hicks in a 2004 interview from Archives of American Art

Sheila Hicks. Sumo Balls. Photo: Massimo Vignelli Associates
Silky Rainforest. Sheila Hicks. Renwick Museum of Craft. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Silky Rainforest. Sheila Hicks. Renwick Museum of Craft. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

I first saw a piece by Sheila Hicks while on vacation to DC, and the colors were mesmerizing.    It turns out she studied with painter Josef Albers at Yale, who was influential in color theory, and was friends with Anni Albers, fiber artist, and then she won a Fulbright to Chile to study weaving, and fiber and color became the essentials of her vision.  The Mint Museum of Craft & Design is hosting the exhibit Sheila Hicks: Fifty Years, until January 29, 2012.  I am also smitten that The Mint Museum has a Wiki created by their Library staff, with information about exhibits, which appeals to my librarian self.

What colors are transformed for you when put together?

 

More Orange Goodness at my Pinterest Orange Tuesdays Board.

10 comments

  1. Love that orange and pink combo, too. Fiber arts are so cool. I can feel myself being drawn to them. Also, your Chinese coin quilt has so much movement in its pattern. Fun to look at.

  2. teJan says:

    hehehe..i love that first pics some kind of knitted piece..can i have that? heheh.

    “There’s something about orange that makes me like that color” I like that lines too 😉

    thanks for dropping by margarett:)good day!

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