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Blossom Dedicated to Art Teachers

Monday, May 11, 2020 | Karl Cole

A good friend of mine—who is an art teacher (from home now) in Ohio—recently shared pictures with me of a lesson about taking selfies inspired by famous paintings. Her own exampl ...

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Wearable Art for Winter

Monday, January 27, 2020 | Karl Cole

It’s winter in New England, and scarves really come in handy here. Unfortunately, they need to be warm and aren’t likely to be worn as fashion statements, as these two Yuh Okano artworks s ...

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Have You Had Your Fiber Today?

Monday, July 30, 2018 | Karl Cole

As you all know, I’m not a fan of the words “decorative arts,” “artisan,” “crafts,” or “craftsperson.” I think we’re way beyond that now. If ...

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American Artists Appreciation Month I

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Karl Cole

August is “American Artist Appreciation Month,” so I’m rolling out some artists you may never have thought about, or seen for that matter.  ...

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Sudo Reiko and NUNO

Monday, November 28, 2016 | Karl Cole

About a year ago I introduced you to the fiber art of Reiko Sudo and NUNO Corporation of Japan. We currently have an exhibition in the Davis Art Gallery of a Japanese-born fiber artist, Mihoko Wakabay ...

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More Wearable Art

Friday, November 20, 2015 | Karl Cole

You may remember that I introduced you to the fiber art of Korean artist Jeung Hwa-Park, whose work is fabulous, back in 2009. Now I’ve discovered this wonderful Japanese artist who bowls me ove ...

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Mola

Monday, October 21, 2013 | Karl Cole

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to go to an exhibit of Kuna Mola textile art in Chicago. It blew my mind, because it is very complex. And yet, it is the common textile art form of the Kuna, ...

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Samplers

Monday, August 13, 2012 | Karl Cole

Embroidered and stitched decoration on fabrics one of the oldest art forms in the world, vying with ceramics for that honor. Davis Art Images recently acquired digital images of works of art from The ...

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Women's History Month 2012 IV

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Karl Cole

To wind up Women’s History Month, I’ve brought you a work of art from women who are largely ignored by art history books: weavers. Weaving is an ancient tradition, especially among First N ...

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Another Vanishing Tradition?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Karl Cole

What do we in the West think of when the word “African art” is mentioned? masks? ancestor figures? In most African cultures, textile arts are considered THE finest of the fine arts. ...

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