Kristen McLaren

Kristen is 21 years old, from Milwaukee, WI but is currently living in Kansas City, MO. She studies textiles and fiber arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.

fiberistanora:

fifthdayprairie:

After months of work, Fiberistanora and I have finally installed our big show! 80 feet of hand dyed and silkscreened fabric, multiple gallons of wallpaper paste, twelve photographs, and blood, sweat, and tears now hang in Lillstreet Art Center's Annex Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Come check it out!

Yay!! It’s really hard to express the feel of the room via photograph. The space is pretty small- it was actually a hallway before they converted it into a gallery about a year ago. But the wallpaper surrounds you and the landscape on the wallpaper tricks your brain into feeling like you’re in an open expanse. I might be biased (seeing as I’m one of the artists) but if you’re in the chicago area, you should totally check it out! And let us know what you think!

christopherok:

ulitsa-ss:

hahamagartconnect:

ERIN RILEY’S TABOO TAPESTRY

Philadelphia based fiber artist Erin M. Riley is tackling taboo issues with her loom. She’s capturing the issues of today’s generation with very old school traditional form of storytelling. Her threads weave together depictions of female sexuality, drug use, birth control, car crashes, selfies, among others. The results of which are breathtaking in a very perverse way - most of the images will make you feel as if you’re sneaking a peek at private photos on someones phone, the element of being privy to what’s going on behind the scene but not being talked about - and at second glance you can’t help but stare in awe at the painstaking efforts that go into her work. 

Erin’s work will be showing at Philadelphia based Paradigm Gallery + Studio from August 30th - October 12th, 2013. Hope you can make it out, these tapestries are sure to stir up a dialogue.

 

THIS IS SO AMAZING. IN CASE ANYONE DIDN’T REALIZE THIS GIRL IS A FUCKING CHAMP.

(via sightsandtheseen)

upthefolks:

ah yes, a fine art masters program, where “skilled craftsman” feels like an insult. 

sam was either trying to help me weave or make my back feel less like satan. 

neither were successful.