Threading the City and the World of Textile Arts
“Threading the City” is a fusion of the Fiber Artists Miami Association (FAMA) and the accumulated experience of the World Textile Art (WTA), presents city-wide events that are an investment in economic, cultural, and social platforms that revitalize and showcase the extraordinary talent of local and international textile artists from October to December 2022.
FAMA, a nonprofit corporation, its founders Aurora Molina, Evelyn Politzer, and Alina Rodriguez Rojo, announced over a dozen programs and events with the mission to educate, advance, and elevate textiles traditions and contemporary fiber arts. Including curated textile art exhibitions, textile workshops, lectures, studio visits, school visits, bus treks, and events.
Adriana Herrera, Ph.D., will direct scholar-led free online and face-to-face programs exploring fiber arts to deepen the understanding of Miami and the burgeoning fiber art movement. Laura Marsh curates a no-walls outdoor exhibition with interactive, site-specific, hands-on artworks. The 2022 edition of Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse looks back to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, written when women were barred from exercising their innate freedom. Carola Bravo, Ph.D., curates “Life at Street Level,” a provocative exhibit that interweaves fiber with photography, photo collage, and installation works to capture an instant view of Miami at the street level that conveys urban resilience. Piero Atchugarry presents the “Amate” exhibition and a related workshop on collage using amate paper.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (formerly known as Kendall Art Center) exhibits “Subverting Materials: Fiber and Textile Art by Women Artists,” curated by Francine Birbragher, Ph.D. Rina Gitlin, RT Curated at the Mexican Consulate, explores The Migrant Experience shining a light on our cultural map.
“Threading the City” coexists with the World Textile Art (WTA) X Biennial, Doral, and Coral Gables. WTA selected Miami as its X Biennial WTA venue, naming Luis Valenzuela as hosting Miami director. Pilar Tobon, CEO of WTA, has projected the participation of artists from more than 30 countries for this biennial. The WTA Miami X Textile Biennial 2022 will occur from November 1-18, 2022, at MIFA International Fine Arts, Doral, and the Colombian Consulate, Coral Gables, Florida.
In conjunction with Fiber Artists Miami Association, Public Educational Programming will explore fiber arts in the context of local and international history, traditions, and politics, deepening the public’s understanding of South Florida’s fiber art movement. A virtual panel discussion featuring art historians and Latin American Art experts Carol Damien, Ph.D., and Shelley Burian, Ph.D., moderated by Adriana Herrera, Ph.D., regarding the relationship between Latin American Art and the current Miami fiber art scene.