Fiber Art: Following the Thread

July 3 to September 13, 2002
Exhibited in the Archives’ New York Research Center

This exhibition celebrates fiber art in its myriad forms from hooked rugs and jute sculpture to wearable art and weaving. Through this selection of letters, writings, photographs, and oral history interviews from the collections of the Archives of American Art, we invite you to follow the threads of conversations and relationships that give meaning to fiber.

The exhibition was organized in concert with Six Continents of Quilts: The American Craft Museum Collection at the UBS Paine Webber Gallery in New York.

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Fiber Art: Following the Thread

Joan Lintault to Claire Zeisler

Joan Lintault to Claire Zeisler, 1983 Sept. 9

Creator: Joan Lintault

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Red wrapped and twisted stick samples

Red wrapped and twisted stick samples, 1983 Aug. 17

Creator: Claire Zeisler

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Sketch for Hirise on graph paper

Sketch for Hirise on graph paper, ca. 1983

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Sheila Pachoski to Claire Zeisler

Sheila Pachoski to Claire Zeisler, 1980 Aug. 6

Creator: Sheila Pachoski

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Randall Morgan

Randall Morgan, 1954 Apr. 22

Creator: Randall Morgan

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Anni Albers to Gloria Finn

Anni Albers to Gloria Finn, 1954 Mar. 15

Creator: Anni Albers

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Randall Morgan to Gloria Finn

Randall Morgan to Gloria Finn, 1953 Nov. 4

Creator: Randall Morgan

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Easton Pribble to Gloria Finn

Easton Pribble to Gloria Finn, 1953 Apr. 12

Creator: Easton Pribble

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Gloria Finn to I. Rice (Irene Rice) Pereira

Gloria Finn to I. Rice (Irene Rice) Pereira, 1952 Dec. 1

Creator: Gloria Finn

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Sydney Butchkes to Gloria Finn

Sydney Butchkes to Gloria Finn, 1953 Oct. 17

Creator: Sydney Butchkes

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Sydney Butches to Gloria Finn

Sydney Butches to Gloria Finn, 195- June 14

Creator: Sydney Butchkes

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Sydney Butchkes to Gloria Finn

Sydney Butchkes to Gloria Finn, 195- May 13

Creator: Sydney Butchkes

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Sketches for 'Seven of Spades'

Sketches for 'Seven of Spades', 1993

Creator: Natasha Kempers-Cullen

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Full Deck playing cards

Full Deck playing cards, 1995

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Susan Shie painting The Joker

Susan Shie painting The Joker, 1993 Aug. 6

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Notes and reflections on making The Joker

Notes and reflections on making The Joker, 1993 Aug. 22

Creator: Susan Shie

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Photo reproduction of a woven image of Lenin

Photo reproduction of a woven image of Lenin, 1993

Creator: Joyce Marquess Carey

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Photo reproduction of design for Red king in a black suit

Photo reproduction of design for Red king in a black suit, 1993

Creator: Joyce Marquess Carey

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Joyce Marquess Carey letter to Sue Pierce

Joyce Marquess Carey letter to Sue Pierce, 1992 Dec. 26

Creator: Joyce Marquess Carey

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Joyce Marquess Carey, Madison, Wis. letter to Sue Pierce, Rockville, Md.

Joyce Marquess Carey, Madison, Wis. letter to Sue Pierce, Rockville, Md., 1993 June 12

Creator: Joyce Marquess Carey

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Melissa Holzinger's studio notes for the Eight of Diamonds

Melissa Holzinger's studio notes for the Eight of Diamonds, 1993 Aug.-Sept.

Creator: Melissa Holzinger

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Journal from Barbara Mortenson's work on the 10 of Hearts

Journal from Barbara Mortenson's work on the 10 of Hearts, 1993 Jan. 31-Aug. 2

Creator: Barbara Mortenson

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Karen Felicity Berkenfeld to Sue Pierce

Karen Felicity Berkenfeld to Sue Pierce, 1993 Aug. 25

Creator: Karen Felicity Berkenfeld

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Sue Pierce and Verna Suit

Sue Pierce and Verna Suit, 1994

Creator: Jim Saah

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Francis Sumner Merritt

Francis Sumner Merritt, ca. 1974

Creator: L. Kienes

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Garnette T. Johnson to Francis Merritt

Garnette T. Johnson to Francis Merritt, 1969 Aug. 18

Creator: Garnette T. Johnson

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'The Weaver as Artist' in Craft Horizons

'The Weaver as Artist' in Craft Horizons, 1955 Nov./Dec.

Creator: Jack Lenor Larsen

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Peter Jacobi

Peter Jacobi, 1972 Oct. 13

Creator: Peter Jacobi

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Noel Dyrenforth

Noel Dyrenforth, 1975 Dec. 2

Creator: Noel Dyrenforth

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Allen Fannin to Francis Merritt

Allen Fannin to Francis Merritt, 1972 Jan. 19

Creator: Allen Fannin

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Nike Olenike and Printmaker Twins Seven-Seven at Haystack

Nike Olenike and Printmaker Twins Seven-Seven at Haystack, 1974

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Diane Itter to Francis Sumner Merritt

Diane Itter to Francis Sumner Merritt, 1975 July 13

Creator: Diane Itter

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Beth Gutcheon to Francis Sumner Merritt

Beth Gutcheon to Francis Sumner Merritt, 1976 Jan. 6

Creator: Beth Gutcheon

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Alma Lesch to Francis Sumner Merritt

Alma Lesch to Francis Sumner Merritt, 1970 Sept. 14

Creator: Alma Lesch

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Walter Nottingham to Francis Sumner Merritt

Walter Nottingham to Francis Sumner Merritt, 1969 Sept. 22

Creator: Walter Nottingham

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"Creative Weaving: A Prospectus", 19--

Creator: Marianne Strengell

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'Modern Textile Design' by Marianne Strengell in Art Education Today

'Modern Textile Design' by Marianne Strengell in Art Education Today, 1941

Creator: Marianne Strengell

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Announcement Card for exhibit

Announcement Card for exhibit "Photographs and Architectural Drawing" at Kendall Art Gallery, in Wellfleet, MA, 19--

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Nelly H. Sethna

Nelly H. Sethna, 1976 Mar. 20

Creator: Nelly H. Sethna

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Dorothy Liebes

Dorothy Liebes, ca. 1948

Creator: Dorothy Liebes

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Dorothy Liebes memoir of her friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright

Dorothy Liebes memoir of her friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright, ca. 1970

Creator: Dorothy Liebes

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Marianne Strengell to Dorothy Liebes

Marianne Strengell to Dorothy Liebes, 1957 Aug. 20

Creator: Marianne Strengell

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Karl Laurell to Dorothy Liebes

Karl Laurell to Dorothy Liebes, 1955 Apr. 6

Creator: Karl Laurell

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Citation of the Institute for Craftmanship medal to Dorothy Liebes

Citation of the Institute for Craftmanship medal to Dorothy Liebes, 1947 June

Creator: Institution for Craftmanship

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Dorothy Liebes to John McPhee

Dorothy Liebes to John McPhee, 1959 Dec. 12

Creator: Dorothy Liebes

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Sample textile with feathers

Sample textile with feathers, 19--?

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Marianne Strengell to Dorothy Liebes

Marianne Strengell to Dorothy Liebes, 1956 Aug. 23

Creator: Marianne Strengell

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Eliel Saarinen

Eliel Saarinen, 1932 Aug. 7

Creator: Eliel Saarinen

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Eliel Saarinen to Marianne Strengell

Eliel Saarinen to Marianne Strengell, 1931 Mar. 28

Creator: Eliel Saarinen

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Gloria Finn Dale at her Sermoneta Workshop, Italy

Gloria Finn Dale at her Sermoneta Workshop, Italy, 1963

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Photocopy of Susan Shie and James Acord notes on making The joker, a quilt for the exhibit Full deck art quilts

Photocopy of Susan Shie and James Acord notes on making The joker, a quilt for the exhibit Full deck art quilts, 1993 Aug. 22

Creator: Susan Shie

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Marianne Strengell in her studio

Marianne Strengell in her studio, ca. 1948

Creator: Harvey Croze

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Walter Nottingham to Francis Sumner Merritt

Walter Nottingham to Francis Sumner Merritt, 1969 Sept. 22

Creator: Walter Nottingham

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