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The Resource Fray : art + textile politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson

Fray : art + textile politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson

Label
Fray : art + textile politics
Title
Fray
Title remainder
art + textile politics
Statement of responsibility
Julia Bryan-Wilson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1974, women in a feminist consciousness-raising group in Eugene, Oregon, formed a mock organization called the Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society. Emblazoning its logo onto t-shirts, the group wryly envisioned female collective textile making as a practice that could upend conventions, threaten state structures, and wreak political havoc. Elaborating on this example as a prehistory to the more recent phenomenon of "craftivism"--the politics and social practices associated with handmaking--Fray explores textiles and their role at the forefront of debates about process, materiality, gender, and race in times of economic upheaval. Closely examining how amateurs and fine artists in the United States and Chile turned to sewing, braiding, knotting, and quilting amid the rise of global manufacturing, Julia Bryan-Wilson argues that textiles unravel the high/low divide and urges us to think flexibly about what the politics of textiles might be. Her case studies from the 1970s through the 1990s--including the improvised costumes of the theater troupe the Cockettes, the braided rag rugs of US artist Harmony Hammond, the thread-based sculptures of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, the small hand-sewn tapestries depicting Pinochet's torture, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt--are often taken as evidence of the inherently progressive nature of handcrafted textiles. Fray, however, shows that such methods are recruited to often ambivalent ends, leaving textiles very much "in the fray" of debates about feminized labor, protest cultures, and queer identities; the malleability of cloth and fiber means that textiles can be activated, or stretched, in many ideological directions. The first contemporary art history book to discuss both fine art and amateur registers of handmaking at such an expansive scale, Fray unveils crucial insights into how textiles inhabit the broad space between artistic and political poles--high and low, untrained and highly skilled, conformist and disobedient, craft and art. -- !c From book jacket
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bryan-Wilson, Julia
Dewey number
746.08
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N7433.9
LC item number
.B79 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vicuña, Cecilia
  • Fiberwork
  • Art
  • Homosexuality and art
  • Handicraft
  • NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • Textile crafts
  • Feminism and art
  • Art, Modern
Label
Fray : art + textile politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bar code
  • 31223123540735
  • 31223123540727
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: textile politics
  • Queer handmaking; The Cockettes' crafty genders; Harmony Hammond goes down
  • Threads of protest; Cecilia Vicuña's concepts and quipus; Arpilleras, "tapestries of defamation"
  • Remains of the AIDS quilt; Piecing the names, 1985-1992; Crafting conflicts, 1992-present
  • Afterword: the currency of cloth
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780226077819
Lccn
2016058305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027675815
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)967727523
Label
Fray : art + textile politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Bar code
  • 31223123540735
  • 31223123540727
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: textile politics
  • Queer handmaking; The Cockettes' crafty genders; Harmony Hammond goes down
  • Threads of protest; Cecilia Vicuña's concepts and quipus; Arpilleras, "tapestries of defamation"
  • Remains of the AIDS quilt; Piecing the names, 1985-1992; Crafting conflicts, 1992-present
  • Afterword: the currency of cloth
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780226077819
Lccn
2016058305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027675815
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)967727523

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