Ragged Cloth is art blog written primarily by fiber artists about any issues concerning artists. All art forms, subjects, and time periods may be discussed. This is not a blog for self promotion or a place where we sell our work. but rather a place where we explore topics of concern to artists in any medium, but often with a fiber slant. Here is the mission statement written by June Underwood, originator of Ragged Cloth :
“A new home for fiber & textile artists of all sorts.
The Ragged Cloth Café is a place for serious artists (who are also serious talkers) to verbally circle ideas about their own work, the visual arts, and the theories, histories, definitions and philosophies of arts while relating these to the textile arts. The group was begun by textile artists and most, but by no means all, of us
continue to have textile art as our base of reference. We are prone to go deep into any given topic, likely to go on for hours circling an idea, bringing in tangent ideas, never entirely resolving any issue, but seldom descending into boring repetition. We are practicing artists by day; thinking artists by night; verbal artists whenever we see the chance.The café invites civil discourse, discussions which probe and prod, and which are well-salted and sugared with references that will expand our horizons. Join us if you are willing to do your homework, looking up and seeking out what you don’t know as well as sharing what you do know. The list moderators and old hands will seed the discussion and keep it somewhat on track, but the group as a whole will, as they do with all email lists, have to draw up a seat, get their preferred cup of stimulus, and keep the comments, questions, and conversation going. Within this group, you will find fiber artists, art quilters, creators of complex/art cloth, wearable art, art dolls and others.”
We are a small band of dedicated posters who welcome comments, occasional or frequent, and new posters. Join us.
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Joseph Cornell was the first artist I admired. I saw an exhibit of his work in NY (perhaps at the Museum of Modern Art) when I was 11 or 12. His constructions captivated and inspired me. I knew nothing of Surrealism of course, but I found his odd juxtapositions endlessly fascinating and instantly liberating. I immediately began to make my own collages or assemblages (I think I called them dioramas) in shoeboxes. Anything that interested me could go into a diorama, and I was free to choose the theme, the objects (stones, twigs, grasses, magazine images, pieces of wood, or glass, shells, dolls, etc.), and their arrangement. Strangely enough, long after I had abandoned my first career as a teacher and become a fiber artist, I had to rediscover the empowerment to choose what I was interested in as my subject matter, and the “objects” and their arrangement. I am fortunate to live in Chicago where The Art Institute has a room full of Cornell’s boxes. I visit them at least once a year. My own personal pilgrammage.
To see more : Cornell boxes
SoI’d love to know who inspired you first and how that inspiration affects your current work.