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Fiber Art Popularity: A Trend finding its place in the art world

If you've been scrolling through your social media feeds or attending art exhibitions lately, you might have noticed a surge in the popularity of fiber art . This form of art involving textiles and fibers, has been gaining traction in the art world for the past five years. Let's delve into why fiber art is going beyond just being a trend and how the art industry is embracing this creative medium.

Torn Series by Stef Shock

The History

Say the words fiber art and people immediately think of macrame owls with beaded eyes and embroidered fabrics from exotic locations. Fiber art just isn't getting the cred its due. The new guard is expanding beyond it's origin story with new styles like textile manipulation and alcohol dyed fabrics creating depth and texture never seen before.

The shift from paint to textiles marks a significant trend that has been evolving over time. This transformation was initiated by a succession of exhibitions that highlighted the budding appreciation for craftsmanship and a growing inclination towards ornamentation and embellishment. This has inspired emerging artists to incorporate stichwork into their paintings and dipping fabrics into glue and apply it to canvas...

The Expiring Trend

Unfortunately this trend has become...a trend. You can only wonder how many people have the glued sheet look in their home?" However, this trend can be a springboard for a better design therefore it's only the beginning of a new form of fiber art called textile manipulation.

Why fiber art is growing in popularity...

Technology has become such a constant. With people are spending enormous time glued to their screens, its no surprise that fiber art stands out in our now one dimensional world. With the proliferation of AI, many artists are rethinking sculpture. Similar to how photography shifted a thousand years of realist painting, AI is going to disrupt the one dimensional art world and increase the value of textured works.

Fiber art stands out in our contemporary landscape because it provides a multi-dimensional, physical experience. In a world where much of our interaction is mediated through flat screens. Fiber art invites viewers to engage with texture, form, and materiality. This sensory richness can be a grounding experience, offering a tangible connection to the physical world.

Torn Series by Stef Shock

Embracing Sustainability

In a world that is becoming more environmentally conscious, the sustainable aspect of fiber art is a significant draw for collectors seeking ethically sourced and eco-friendly materials. Natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and silk not only add a luxurious touch to artworks but also align with the values of sustainability and conscious consumption.

Invest in a fiber artist!

As collectors continue to embrace this artistic medium, we can expect to see a wave of innovative and captivating fiber art pieces that redefine the boundaries of traditional art forms. There is a growing appreciation for handcrafted items. As people become more conscious of the mass-produced nature of many goods, there is a renewed interest in this artform.

Torn Series by Stef Shock


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