I was pleased to be juried into Fantastic Fibers, the annual show at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah KY and went to the opening a week ago. FF is a longstanding show that took a hiatus for a few years and has miraculously regained its reputation, with close to 400 entries this year. The Yeiser is a lovely little gallery and they intelligently time the annual fiber show so that visitors to the big AQS quilt show can see it. It's only a block from the National Quilt Museum and five blocks from the AQS show, so if you're in Paducah for the big show you can easily see FF.
Fiber artist Luanne Rimel was the juror for FF this year and she saw two trends: lots of paper, lots of text. Here are some of my favorites:
The words, cut from books, are hand-sewed to the white cotton backing with invisible thread.
El Anatsui, one of my favorite artists, whose constructions bulge and billow like this one.