Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lenore Tawney, 1907-2007

When I was in studying "fibers" at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in the late 1970's, I took a class taught by Helen Drutt, called the History of Crafts. Lenore Tawney was one of the few artists working in fiber at that time. She was creating huge sculptural weavings, and showing them in major art galleries and museums. I want to thank her and the other artists who helped bring attention to fiber art back then. Art created with fiber has become very interesting and exciting. Artists like Lenore Tawney helped blur the line between art vs. craft. That, in my opinion, that is a very good thing.