High Fiber—Women to Watch 2012

Close up view of an array of cylindrical fiber pieces attached to a wall.
Nov 02, 2012, to Jan 06, 2013

Artists featured in High Fiber stitch, weave, knit, crochet, and wind fibers or fiber-like materials into textiles, sculptures, and installations. Their expressive forms center on the themes of nature, history, and the consuming power of making.

Since conceptual and feminist artists brought fiber art into the Western mainstream in the 1960s and ’70s, textiles have become central to contemporary artistic practice worldwide. Prior to the ’60s, critics classified fiber art as a cousin to craft. However, contemporary artists create what modernist critics thought unlikely: meaningful, visually compelling, and emotionally charged works of fiber art.

High Fiber is the third installment in NMWA’s biennial Women to Watch exhibition series, which focuses on artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Featured artists include Ligia Bouton (New Mexico), Debra Folz (Massachusetts), Louise Halsey (Arkansas), Tracy Krumm (Greater Kansas City Area), Beili Liu (Texas), Rachael Matthews (United Kingdom), and Laure Tixier (France).


Crocheted wall hanging made of two horizontal wood bars at the top secured with two nails.

Tracy Krumm, Draped (Screwed), 2011, Crocheted metals (mixed), fabricated steel hooks, found wood, pigments, and patina, 81 x 57 x 11 inches; Courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Sponsors

High Fiber—Women to Watch 2012 is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is generously sponsored by the participating committees with assistance from Guerlain and the Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Inc. Additional support for Les Amis du NMWA is provided by Katherine Graham Debost and Air France.

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    Audio Guide

    Listen to the audio guide for in-depth discussions from the artists featured in the exhibition about their inspirations, processes, and use of fiber.
    Composite image made of slices of close-ups on textiles of varying colors and textures