Reinventing Velvet

Barrett, Annin; Robert, Marilyn
September 2009
Fiberarts;Sep/Oct2009, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p50
The article features craft artist Barbara Setsu Pickett. The artist works in fine handwoven silk velvet, considered as the most challenging textile to design. She heads the fibers program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, from 1975 to 2007, and is a lecturer and workshop instructor throughout the U.S. and abroad. The artist has studied the specialized velvet medium's technique and researched its history for over twenty-five years. Information on velvet weaving is offered. It is inferred that Pickett finds the arrangement of simple geometric elements in complex trompe l'oeil patterns particularly intriguing. A list of some of the artist's series of handwoven, velvet-covered artist books is presented, which includes "Labyrinth Books."


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