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"International Fiber Arts XI"

Biannual Juried Exhibition

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

July 29 - September 10, 2023

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Barbara M. Berk’s wall-mounted sculpture “Petite French Knot” has been selected for International Fiber Arts XI at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA.  Juried by fiber artists Judith Content and Ann Johnston, the biannual exhibition presents a “distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and contemporary concepts for the use of traditional and unusual materials.  Accepting both two or three-dimensional pieces, including wearable and installation art, the chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art. "  The exhibition is comprised of 67 works of art selected from among a total of 470 submissions. 


Barbara M. Berk’s sculpture embodies the interplay of traditional fiber processes and structures with metal.   For “Petite French Knot” she made a square of bobbin lace by hand, using Renaissance stitches with 16 long twisted strands of phosphor bronze wire. Layers of loops, evoking an embroiderer’s knot, were stitched to the Dieppe Ground lace foundation with wire.


International Fiber Arts XI is a collaboration between Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) and the Surface Design Association (SDA).   SCA is one of the most vibrant arts organizations in Northern California. Since 1988 it has engaged and inspired the community through presentations of contemporary art, music, dance, film, and literary events. Through classes and workshops it strives to educate and deepen the interest in the arts for adults, teens and children.  Sebastopol, located 60 miles north of San Francisco, is one of America’s premier destinations for food, wine and the arts, attracting thousands of visitors each year.


The Surface Design Association was founded in 1977 to promote textile art through publications, exhibitions, workshops, and conferences.  The SDA community includes thousands of members from 40 countries around the world.  Through a variety of programming and member benefits, SDA provides a platform for the exchange of ideas, opportunities for learning and collaboration, and encourages critical dialogue in the field of fiber art.  At the heart of SDA is the quarterly publication, Surface Design Journal.  International in scope, the Journal brings an array of concepts and processes, and materials to readers.


International Fiber Arts XI runs from Saturday July 29, 2023 through Sunday, September 10, 2023.  The gallery is located at 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA and is open Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

Information about the exhibition and its co-sponsors

is courtesy of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts website.


About the work in the exhibition:

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