welcome to flight patterns sponsored by the art program of the hartsfield-jackson Atlanta International Airport this exhibition showcases work in the textile medium and Beyond and illustrates a few of the endless possibilities of artwork that is not only within the traditions of the textile arts but also pushing the boundaries and definitions of the medium in execution and concept the title and theme of flight patterns was selected as a reference and inspiration for participating artists referring both to the location at the world’s busiest airport and also to the many uses of the word and concept of patterns that are frequently used in connection with textiles please enjoy these examples of work of artists from around the world and spend a few minutes exploring the richness of the medium ami Adelman’s convergence exploits the principle of stretch threads on canvas to explore linear vibrations of color and motion in this piece the progression towards a vanishing point also suggests the motion of hurtling toward takeoff Adelman began her career in fiber as a weaver but has taken the threads off the Loom to expand into more spatial explorations the intricate line work creates optical illusions visual color mixes and unexpected patterns transporting the viewer into three-dimensional space Adelman is on the Faculty of the University of North Texas in Denton and researches exhibits and publishes both nationally and internationally Mary Edna Frazer has developed a career using batik on silks as her medium and aerial landscape views as her subject matter the art is often inspired by the edges of the continents where realms of earth sea and sky converge photographing from the open windows of a vintage airplane she developed her practice exploring an organization of the land that emerges only as revealed by altitude working from numerous photographs from each expedition aloft as well as maps and topographic materials she condenses data into compositions informed not only by what she has seen but also by art history Gulf oil spill and abstracted design with color as an emotional rather than realistic response is an example of her work that has been used to illustrate scientific texts on aspects of environmental science Lannie Bergner is a fiber sculptural basketry and installation artists using hands on fiber production processes of coiling fraying twisting wrapping and nodding he transforms industrial screening wire silicon and monofilament into organic constructions his inspirations from nature when married to industrial materials produced works that appear to have grown into being making connections Bergner sculptural vessel in this exhibition works on multiple levels to connect the viewer who may be making connections in reality to concepts of connections that include stellar patterns journeys and flights of fancy barbara lee smith is an artist writer educator lecturer and curator during her long career she has exhibited her work and taught worldwide her book celebrating the stitch is credited with helping to put contemporary embroidery on the art world map she lives and works on raft island Gig Harbor Washington above was created during a time when Smith was doing hours and hours of flying on a busy teaching and lecture schedule the X’s and Han stitch lines pointed the way – you are here places and X marking the spot and the lines providing direction large shapes of land and sea with no particular continent in mind emerged being above it all was exciting but even better was coming home Martha Donovan up doll favors asymmetric flat fragmented compositions and color contrasts rather than gradations these personal quirks became her signature traits and continue to characterize her work her international background is reflected in a hybrid style that synthesizes multicultural references yet his universal she works with a variety of fiber media but is best known for her tufted wool pieces Clark’s fork which simulates an aerial view illustrates what she describes as a strong drive for order that she immediately rebels

against embracing disorder which one can also call spontaneity lyricism freedom lines began and disappear patterns swirl and dissolve a clear structure is often subverted by the movement of the background neither ordered nor Kaos wins the fun lies in the completely natural encounter between the two the Bora Kruger is a Fashion Institute of Technology trained textile designer who has transformed the fluid and sensuous materials of wax and fiber into an original body of artwork the artist now divides her time between the United States and chapala of Mexico where she creates work inspired by indigenous ceremonial feather art her interpretations of feathers incorporate fiber wax digital imagery oil stick wax linen and wire and these are intermingled with actual feathers Migration interprets the grand migrations that humbly inspire our imagination and remind us that like birds humans migrate to where we find sustenance and safety in numbers they remind us of our place in the natural world and deserve our protection as their loss is ours in spirit and in fact Cynthia Dee Friedman has a lifelong obsession with fiber a childhood filled with sewing and needle arts and careers as an industrial designer and a fashion designer converged in her discovery of the art quilt medium her work reflects her consistent fascination with human body forms their functions and construction as they interact with architectural and geometric shapes grids and patterns the art references textile and quilt making traditions and fuses multiple disciplines from drawing too intricate needlework Freedmen’s miles to go before I sleep draws energy from combinations of vibrant silks sheer overlays and intricate embroidery interpreting the continuous loop of tracks through the airports of the world Nataly me bach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures musical scores and installations focusing on the visual articulation of these scientific observations her method of translation is principally that of basket weaving which provides her with a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space by staying true to these numbers these woven pieces try to divide between functioning both as sculptures and space and instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates me Bach’s exuberant Mariga fly sculpture translates Atlanta’s seasonal weather patterns such as annual temperature wind Sun azimuth and Sun hours with dominant flight connections from Atlanta’s International Airport Lynne Pollard’s first degree was in the liberal arts but after learning to weave through the guild system in this country she continued her education at Georgia Tech earning a degree in textile engineering she is a skilled practitioner who has exhibited nationally and internationally has won numerous awards and has taught nationwide in addition to her weaving she is currently researching historic indigo dyes and is developing a body of work exploring the use of the dyes on paper Airport Blues interprets passenger and cargo statistics from the Atlanta airport’s massive data banks using the ancient practices of dyeing with indigo in all its complexities and with its attendant symbolisms and superstitions from cultures throughout the world Pollard murders an ancient tradition with 21st century data collection christine sours intuitive approach to creating combined with the love of materials and process is evident throughout her multifaceted body of work an interest in textile started in childhood and today the artist uses her textile skills to transform materials into expressive artworks she has exhibited her work in solo and group shows around the United States and is a full-time artist in New Orleans Louisiana orbit is swirling activity created in layers colorful and abstract the central medallion of Criss crossing lines in elliptical shapes is punctuated by clusters of sequins beads and novelty fabrics suggesting stars galaxies and other phenomena rotating around the central axis the overall diamond shape of this artwork implies movement and

travel in every direction Kandice Edgerly explores the three-dimensional possibilities of silk-organza manipulated using the Japanese technique of Arashi shibori the ancient technique adapted to 21st century tools and technology continues to fascinate and to inspire her work her winged flight sculpture takes to the sky with the texture and shape made possible through the sculptural potential of the technique Ederle has been active in fiber arts organizations throughout her career and has enriched the organization’s through which she has worked with her extensive national and international networks as well as wide-ranging knowledge of the textile field she is on the Faculty of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC jane Kenyon is a Canadian artist deeply influenced by her environment in the Pacific Northwest she began her professional life as a medical doctor however she was always drawn to a life in the arts devoting herself to a new career she has developed a technique of threat painting that creates exceptional detail and texture not possible with any other medium her layering of lush fibers draws the viewer into her explorations of both the natural and urban environments Jade fracture is an aerial landscape a pattern in flight composed of complex subject matter and layered imagery and materials but in a shifting perspective this could as easily be interpreted as a micro view of rocks and vegetation to be enjoyed in flight by another species the viewer makes the decision bhakta Zeke’s work in weaving has range from the most basic technology of the backstrap loom to the latest state-of-the-art digital jacquard she has exhibited extensively her for decades has placed work in prestigious collections has lectured and taught at universities and also at workshops internationally and her writings on contemporary fiber have been published in many journals she is the co-author of books on back strap and jacquard weeding she now lives in Randolph Vermont Zeke’s work latitude is in technical terms hand-woven on a tc1 loom using satin damask weave structures the technological expertise for producing this complex textile is the artists tool in producing an image that conveys and also mirrors the complex wonders of the night sky and er Nevada slipping in Jerusalem Israel she has expanded her artistic vocabulary to include multiple media frequently synthesizing an expansive range of techniques in order to treat topics of a religious political and social nature her work often explores the tensions that exist in the world today and often provokes and surprises the viewer while at the same time leads to seeing the problem or concept in a new way her work is exhibited internationally and is found in both public and private collections worldwide our nevets is fantasy garment I think I might be Chicken Little references the childhood story of the fowl who was convinced that the sky was falling and the works intermingled feathers and text lead the viewer along a path of contemporary anxieties Meredith ray Grimsley layers her symbolic figures with imagery and behaviors expressed in spiritualism mysticism and superstition through her meticulously rendered stand-ins she delves deeply into the impact of change in people’s lives observing the differences in significant changes that are absorbed routinely and those that reform minds and bodies she aims to have her work strike a balance between beauty and distortion and the endurance of the human spirit Grimsley’s work the foundress is based on the zoological phenomenon of the single yellowjacket queen who annually begins a new nest for a colony of these insects after the harsh winter months spent dormant she rekindles her swarm and the new colony spirals upward John West marks prize-winning mixed-media works have been exhibited on or held in collections worldwide as an accomplished painter he was inspired to add the unexpected element of paper sewing patterns to his imagery expanding both metaphorical and aesthetic possibilities although his work cannot be classified as fiber per se his references to a textile production process through his use of an essential tool as an art

material leads the viewer into contemplation of juxtaposed processes materials and graphics double ascent from West marks flight series uses fragile paper patterns to reinterpret an image of aircraft merging patterns for hard and soft materials as well as plans for domestic construction with the implied engineering of airplanes what was once a garment pattern now becomes a stand-in for an object suspended in space Naomi watch eco cocoon de grew up among the Kikuyu people of Kenya she studied art in both Kenyan and American universities and now lives and works in San Antonio Texas her choice of materials for her artwork that she exhibits worldwide and the processes of stitching crocheting and weaving proudly maintain African traditions which she has transformed into contemporary art using various metaphors to acknowledge her heritage her art explores the connections between past and present between tradition and modernity and between the older generations and their contemporary descendants Mishima NiO conflicts takes the viewer aloft as beads ascend through clouds of crocheted metal wire however when viewed on an alternate plane the flowing lines could be delineating an aerial view of field and forests lissa rich is an experimental artist working with an array of new fibers d’etre tests and mixed-media in two-dimensional sculptural and installation form she exhibits internationally and nationally and has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college the Canadian native currently lives in Atlanta follow-the-leader is a rainbow of swallows careening into flocked formation it speaks to the ease with which Nature has endowed these birds communal flight and the burning desire of humans to be whisked away to new adventures via the power of soaring through air it is also a statement about the beauty of emergent behavior the benefits of teamwork and the collective strength of the human spirit each bird has been drawn onto vinyl using threat in a sewing machine technique called free motion embroidery Junko Sato Pollock has more than 30 years of experience in one-of-a-kind textile installations for wall and atrium spaces in corporate public and private settings throughout the United States she is best known for her large-scale multicolored multi-layered works created through heat transfer printing on metallic and micro polyester textiles artfully fusing Zen inspired Eastern art and Western color abstraction a native of Japan Pollock’s career in the United States successfully blends international aesthetics in a hybrid style that synthesizes multicultural references and is universal sky sky is from an ongoing series of works based on sky and cloud patterns the light reflective fabric sculpture appears to float weightlessly in space della reams has been creating one-of-a-kind textiles and apparel since earning her Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design where she specialized in machine knitting in digital weaving her expertise in the field earned her a teaching position and fashion design at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Qatar campus her recent work has been developing Arabic calligraphy into machine knitted fabric patterns and dresses reams work for flight patterns parasailing pink elephants is inspired by the first record album she ever owned Walt Disney’s Dumbo the flying elephant the airborne pachyderms demonstrate her mastery of repeat patterning which often demonstrates layers of humor and meaning Minnesota artist Kimber Olson uses her hand dyed painted and printed materials to create works that explore themes of fragility and resilience in the natural world her award-winning art has been exhibited widely in regional and national exhibitions Olson has a particular interest in the emotional qualities of art and the creative process and holds a master’s degree in theology and art diminishing returns digitally printed and machine embroidered on silk references rapidly declining monarch butterfly populations long a staple of Midwestern summers monarch numbers have declined by as much as 60% in recent years the decline is attributed to many factors both human

and environmental an award-winning contemporary fiber artist adrian sloan exhibits and teaches sculptural fiber nationally and internationally with knitting as her primary technique she also has worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru her work is included in museum collections and has published widely working with fiber as a linear element she transforms line into shape and building blocks with form and function texture and color her sculptural knitting work often has a political focus when invited to participate in this exhibition with a theme of flight patterns she immediately interpreted flight as fleeing rather than flying Exodus fleeing feet escape into the unknown space from a knitted globe like vessel born in savannakhet Laos bones you die along first learned traditional Lao weaving from her mother and grandmother in the midst of the war in the 1970s she fled Laos for Thailand and later for her eventual destination in Minnesota able to escape with only her life her daughter and her weaving skills she taught other women in the refugee camp Lao language culture and weaving so they were able to earn money to support their families since 1982 she has continued to transmit this cultural heritage in her Minnesota home Bonsu is true to her belief that there is no life without arts and no arts without life her weaving allows her to connect to her heritage tell stories of her life and of others with the same destiny and communicate through sharing this intriguing rich art form nowadays her much honored leaving is not so much a form of surviving but is more a celebration of her heritage and life Mary Ruth Smith completed studies in Georgia and Florida and now teaches at Baylor University in Waco Texas as a practicing artist her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and she is noted for her intricate hand-stitched studies flowers in the clouds has a history as a peace Smith began while in graduate school but was too diverted by her studies to complete for many years the stretched fabric on a frame traveled with her sitting in plain view but never completed in the spring of 2013 the artists felt a sudden urgency to complete the work although it did not fit with her current direction in her art making as she completed the hand stitching she received the invitation to participate in the flight patterns exhibition and immediately recognized that flowers in the sky was what the work is about reminiscent of cloud pictures she had seen since her youth Michael James although trained as a painter and printmaker has devoted his career to quote making known as one of the pioneers of the art quilt movement in the United States he has been a leader in the field as both a maker and a teacher he now lives and maintains a studio in Lincoln Nebraska where he is a professor and the department chair in textiles at the University of nebraska-lincoln he is a faculty fellow of the University affiliated International Quilt Study Center and museum the largest publicly held collection of quilts in the world as a pioneer in a variety of techniques of quilt making as well as a major artistic influence in the field James continues to innovate an experiment the long flight sanctuary demonstrates his mastery of digital printing on fabric producing a meditation on the fame migration of the Nebraska sandhill cranes Australian India Flint’s work combines the visual and written poetics of place and memory using ecologically sustainable contact print processes from plants and found objects together with walk drawing assemblage mending stitch and text as a means of mapping country and landscape she negotiates a path between installation printing painting drawing writing and sculpture stepping lightly on the land while being nourished by it night flight her natural dyed work on display here is in memory of her late father dr. Peter chef at vaguer a meteorologist glaciologists and pilot she created her tribute on silk with wind fallen leaves as the initial colorant and added the nocturnal shades with organic indigo dyes you

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