Visit “Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh” for a closer look at this loom and in-process textile. Zo weavers use simple back-tension looms made of bamboo rods and wooden sticks. The far end of the loom is tethered to a fixed object, and the near end is attached to the weaver’s waist by a belt.
These dazzling strip-woven textiles, popularly known as kente cloth, are made by masterful Asante and Ewe weavers in Ghana. One long strip of cloth is woven with patterns that are carefully planned to form a checkered design when the strip is cut and sewn together. Explore strip-weaving and other time-honored African textile patterning techniques in “Threads of Tradition,” one of our five Creative Africa exhibitions.
Woman’s Cloth (One of a Pair), c. 1930–80, made by the Asante culture, Akan peoples, Ghana
Man’s Cloth, c. 1930–80, made by the Asante culture, Akan peoples, Ghana
Man’s Cloth, c. 1920–70, made by the Ewe or Adangme culture, Ghana or Togo
Upcoming exhibition from @ejtechnology features a collection of physical net art inspired objects which have tactile interactive qualities:
As recoil to the exponential invasion of digital
carvings landscaping our lives, a craving for tactility, depth and
dimension has led us to long for lost materiality and reconsider the
role of physicality and substance once again.
In its origin,
this exploration began by binging on ultra high resolution renders,
edging towards the improbabilities of awkward dynamics and impossible
physics, swinging between self evident CG and skin tight texturing.
Conspicuous compositions, shiny still-life-inspired visuals blended into
illogical geometries, distorted characters, plants and art history
classics. This new kind of materiality was conceived for an onscreen
lifespan only, luring the senses to a hyper-haptic awakening.This
multi-dimensional ambition, unconfined, constantly and capriciously
multiplied and transmitted, adopted and adapted, is flattened for the
screen, fit to view in a browser.
“Vision is an extension to
the sense of touch” as Juhani Pallasmaa puts it in his book The Eyes of
the Skin. All senses can be regarded as specialisations of augmented
Looking to sparkle this New Years Eve? Visit “Silver and Gold Fashions Since 1960” for inspiration. According to H. Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room, the glittering dresses and accessories “include styles from the glamorous to the revolutionary. Would you rather wear body-hugging sequins, sinuous lamé, or romantic ruffles? Or would you prefer to bare almost all in a dress made entirely of plastic discs?”
Attention Art Nouveau lovers in Norway, there is an exhibition in Stavanger at the Stavanger Art Museum which is highlighting the work of Frida Hansen, an amazing art nouveau textile artist. The exhibition runs until the 18th of October and it looks lovely. More info at the museum’s website.
As for this tapestry, it’s called The Milky Way and it was done by Hansen in 1898. :)
This beautiful silk costume is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new ‘The Fabric of India’ exhibition. It was designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for the most expensive Bollywood film of all time: Devdas. The decorative mirrorwork made the dress exceptionally heavy; it could only be worn for promo shots.
Check out ArtMastered’s official Instagram account for more preview images of this great exhibition - and give us a follow if you’re feeling generous! All images, including the above, are my own.