Liz Collins, Accumulated Pride, 2005-2012, Hand loomed cotton and other yarns.
QUEER THREADS: Crafting Identity and Community
Jan 17 - Mar 16, 2014
This exhibition presents twenty-four artists from around the world who use thread-based craft materials and techniques to examine the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences. Is this work “gay?” You bet.
Loaded with gender connotations and power hierarchies, fiber traditions such as crochet, embroidery, macramé, and quilting provide a fitting platform for examining iconography, tastes, roles, and relationships socialized within and around gay and lesbian culture.
And thread—be it yarn or embroidery floss—parallels the potential for connectivity. Our commonalities may be as thick as a knot or thin as a string. As individuals we are strands; as communities we are interwoven. Both can be broken or braided.
Many of the artists featured fully employ craft processes to execute their vision. Others mix yarn, string, and fabric with fine art mediums. But all of the artists embrace the power of thread-based crafts to examine stories and ideas unique to our lives as queer peoples.