Besides the best in show, the Bluegrass Biennial had several more fiber pieces.
I loved this piece -- beautifully "drawn" with hand stitching and with a real needle and thread in her hand. I liked the contrast between the beautifully crafted face and the crude bunching of vintage fabrics to make her patchwork skirt, between the precise hand stitching and the casual raw edge applique. So frequently fiber art faces are too cute or overly Photoshopped, but this one is realistic without being sentimental.
This piece seemed very retro to me, reminiscent of the 1960s, when artists were newly emboldened to show fiber in its raw state. Here's a combination of knitting, felting, and hanks of curly wool just hanging out.
More fiber art from the Bluegrass Biennial in my next post.