What is the difference between TEXTILE ART and FIBER ART? Is there any difference at all? These terms are debatable. Today I decided to change my title from TEXTILE ARTIST to FIBER ARTIST. Why is this important to me?
I do not relate to the term Quilt Art. I rarely if ever, say the word quilt. I do however, include the act of quilting in my work. I am not making a quilt or a blanket. I am making art. What I make is actually rooted in the history of quilts. This I acknowledge to myself. I have decided to not include this term when discussing and describing my work. Why is that? The main reason is to distinguish between those that make art with cloth and sometimes quilt it. I explain what I do with respect to the traditional quilt world and qualify that I make contemporary art. When describe what Fiber Art is the terminology has to be specific; however, many times I am looking at an expression of confusion. The progression from traditional quilts (blankets) to current day contemporary (fiber) art is at a snails pace.
I researched this topic and found a detailed report on the difference of these two terms: TEXTILE ART and FIBER ART
What I was not aware of until I read it was the regional definitions. In the UK artists that make art with fabric or cloth refer to this as: art textiles
In an article titled Defining a Movement by textile writer Jessica Hemmings
Fiber art is seen as an American term; art textiles a British one. Are these terms useful? Dated? This snapshot reveals some of the deeper issues surrounding perceptions and directions within the field.
When Fiberarts asked me to investigate the use of fiber art and art textiles I was, at first glance, tempted to assume that fiber art is simply the American equivalent for what the British, and some Australians, call art textiles. But as I found when I began to question various individuals whose disciplines help define the terms—art historians, curators, educators, and makers—things are in fact far more complicated than a quibble between British and American language preferences.
Continue reading the complete article here
I agree with Jessica, Fiber Art is a movement.
Further research led me to a rather in-depth twenty page report titled: The Descriptive Challenges of Fiber Art by Lois F. Lunin
Fiber art is both a new and an old art form. “The use of fibrous
materials as a medium for art works is not new; woven, knitted,
printed, and otherwise treated materials have long appeared in the
history of mankind” (Henning, 1977). Traditionally, however, they
appeared as functional objects. The term fiber art, sometimes called
art fabric, was introduced after World War I1 to characterize new
art developments in textiles. This article deals only with the fiber
art developments since World War I1 and the challenges presented
in describing that art for inclusion in text and image databases.
A movement…..I like knowing this. Next time I am asked what it is that I do, what kind of art I make, what kind of an artist I am I will include and emphasize that I am a part of a movement, one that is on the move and moving forward.
Are you part of this movement? Do you relate to this?