Fray : Art and Textile Politics.

By: Bryan-Wilson, JuliaMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 1 online resource (335 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780226369822Subject(s): Art, Modern-20th century-History | Art-Political aspects-Case studies | Feminism and art | Fiberwork-Political aspects | Handicraft-Political aspects-United States | Homosexuality and art-United States | NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt | Textile crafts-Political aspects-Chile | Vicuña, CeciliaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Fray : Art and Textile PoliticsDDC classification: 746.08 LOC classification: N7433Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Intro -- Contents -- Introduction: Textile Politics -- 1. Queer Handmaking -- The Cockettes' Crafty Genders -- Harmony Hammond Goes Down -- 2. Threads of Protest -- Cecilia Vicuña's Concepts and Quipus -- Arpilleras, "Tapestries of Defamation" -- 3. Remains of the AIDS Quilt -- Piecing the Names, 1985-1992 -- Crafting Conflicts, 1992-Present -- Afterword: The Currency of Cloth -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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Intro -- Contents -- Introduction: Textile Politics -- 1. Queer Handmaking -- The Cockettes' Crafty Genders -- Harmony Hammond Goes Down -- 2. Threads of Protest -- Cecilia Vicuña's Concepts and Quipus -- Arpilleras, "Tapestries of Defamation" -- 3. Remains of the AIDS Quilt -- Piecing the Names, 1985-1992 -- Crafting Conflicts, 1992-Present -- Afterword: The Currency of Cloth -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.

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Based on extensively researched case studies, Fray: Art and Textile Politics uses amateur practices and fine-art textiles to examine queer identities, feminized labor, and protest culture. The case studies, which date from the 1970s to the 1990s, are from the US and Chile, and Bryan-Wilson (modern and contemporary art, Univ. of California, Berkeley) draws on them to argue that "low" amateur textile makers/craftspeople and "high" professional textile artists are not dichotomous but instead constantly informing and influencing each other's development. Explorations of the materiality of textiles and of handcrafting techniques--both collective and individual--are integrated throughout the text. Bryan-Wilson includes some contemporary history of textiles, both craft and art based, and the material examples and contemporary artists examined in the case studies strengthen her arguments. The afterword, "The Currency of Cloth," asks a series of questions; acknowledges the frictions at the intersections between gender, race, and class; and openly addresses issues of the performance of labor, tourism, and colonial consumption. Adding to the critical dialogue in a number of fields, this book will be an invaluable resource for programs serious about incorporating fiber, craft, feminism, and queer theory into their coursework. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --Lisa L. Kriner, Berea College

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