The Easel

Experiencing the shock of the old, fiber artists rediscover shows like MOMA’s pivotal 1969 “Wall Hangings”

An advocacy of textiles, or now, fibre art. One myth overdue for deletion is that the loom is essential. Off-loom techniques – “knotting, wrapping, and plaiting” – have an ancient lineage. They allow a more varied material palette that greatly expands the genre’s vocabulary. Colour can take a secondary role while previously mute attributes now speak forcefully – “structure, mass … tactile nuance”.