"The Garden Wall", 2009, Susan Taber Avila. Detail.
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Artist Talk by Susan Taber Avila
The 2012 Fiber Hawaii juror, Susan Taber Avila, presented "TEXT/ile" at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on October 18, 2012. In her slide lecture, Avila provided a brief background about the use of textiles as text, and discussed other fiber artists who also use text in their artwork. Avila also discussed her own work, using textiles to enhance perceptions of contemporary culture.
Avila is a Professor of Design (Fashion & Textiles) at the University of California Davis and a Sunshine Scholar at Wuhan Textile University in Wuhan, China. Her innovative machine stitched artwork is exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals.
As a visiting juror, Avila was in Hawaii to judge submissions for the 2012 Hawaii Fiber: In, Of or About Fiber exhibition, which was on view October 25 through November 17, 2012, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. The exhibition was open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. in the main gallery. There was no admission fee to view the exhibition, which was sponsored by Hawaii Craftsmen.
Fiber Hawaii has been presented every other year for the past 30 years. This exhibition encourages participation form artists in all media who wish to explore fiber related work. The juried exhibition sometimes includes a component for traditional ethnic works as well as contemporary styles.