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Lori Merhige

A Life in Lace

PRESENTED ON JUN 16, 2015
IN BEACON @ VOL 2

Artist Lori Merhige talks about how growing up working in her family's lace factory in Northern New Jersey has informed her art practice. Did you know that silk is basically worm spit? Lori will school you.

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Soft Sculpture Art

BY ERICA GRAY
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 07, 2013

Erica Gray discusses her artwork focused around soft sculptures or the use of fabric and other soft, pliable materials to create sculptures. Listen as she discusses her past exhibits of soft sculptures which have featured sea anemones, pipes, and animals. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 10, 2014. 

 

 

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Snipping the Fabric of Time

BY JUSTIN DAVIES
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 13, 2013

Justin Davies is an educator and artist. He likes to work in a range of media which he uses to integrate historical, scientific and aesthetic perspectives. His work is also influenced by his love of film and by his studies in biology and history.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 23, 2014.

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Fabric - Per non perdere il filo

BY DIANA MARCOCCI
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 24, 2016

Questa storia inizia più di un secolo fa.
Nel territorio del Gallaratese, allo sbocco del Ticino dal Lago Maggiore, si sente “per le vie dei borghi” il battito dei telai. Sono le macchine che producono o lavorano il tessuto, in particolare qui le macchine da ricamo.
Inventate e numerose in Svizzera, sono state impiantate in tanti capannoni ed hanno risuonato fino agli inizi del 2000. Poi si sono zittite in tante, una dopo l’altra. Molte sono state smontate come dei lego e ricostruite lontano.
I capannoni sono vuoti e silenziosi.
Le città nate dalla stoffa vedono la gente occuparsi d’altro. Guardano e sono guardate dall’alto dagli aerei della Malpensa, da quelli costruiti in altri capannoni vicini che si chiamano hangar.
Si ritesserà una trama urbana che unisca la bellezza (l’unica ragione dei ricami) ad idee innovative, facendosi trascinare dalla forza della tecnologia?

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A Journey in Hats

BY ELEANOR O'CONNELL
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

New York based and originally from Papua New Guinea, Eleanor O'Connell has been working within the Theatre, Performance Art, Film, Fashion and Design industry as a Costumier, Costume Designer, Wardrobe Manager, Milliner and Artist from London to Melbourne and now New York. Listen to her journey here!

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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Reading Material

BY YEMI AWOSILE
@ VOL 8 ON OCT 26, 2017

"I'm interested in materials in their rawest state ... to the point where it's processed, to user intervention, to post consumption and disposal and reuse."

Yemi Awosile presents Reading Material.

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Process of Fabric Printing

BY RACHEL DOMINGUEZ-BENNER
@ VOL 34 ON JAN 18, 2018

Rachel Dominguez-Benner explains the various processes and options involved in screen printing. 

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Fabric in artistic practice

BY JADE BLOOD
@ VOL 16 ON JUL 12, 2018

Jade Blood discusses the importance of fabric through the development of her practice, whilst living in York and contributing to the contemporary art culture.

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The Fabric of the City

BY PATTI ISSITT
@ VOL 16 ON JUL 12, 2018

Patti Issitt discusses her art: collages and mixed media composites using print, fabric and stitches. Patti aims to explore the emotional interplay between mother and daughter, the internal city of physical embodiment, and the deeper implications of scar tissue running deep into the soul as well as the body. It’s not uncommon for women to carry deep scarring: abdominal surgeries, caesarian sections, breast surgery for example. 


As the city, especially a city with walls such as York, becomes congested and immobilised by impingements to it’s circulatory system, so is the freedom of our body, both physical and mental, impinged by the scar tissue which we accumulate through our lives.