Textile Art

At Social Fabric, we celebrate the textile art-form by exhibiting work which is either textile in nature or refers to or employs textile methods.  Our gallery is free and open to everyone during our regular boutique hours and open until 9 pm during Art Walk (the first Friday of each month), Wine Walk and the Commercial Street Night Market  evenings and other late-opening events.

So much more than simply sewing, textiles are an ancient tradition.  They go back to a time when humans were challenged by things like storage, travel and keeping warm.  Down through the ages, as creative minds contemplated the making of a container, bag, or a garment – decoration came into play.  As time passed – these methods of construction and decoration developed into a textile tradition and art form.

Contemporary textiles have no limit on form, focus or genre.  They’re all over the map.  But the beautiful thing about textile arts is – we ALL have a relationship with textiles (we wear clothes).  Therefore we have a better understanding (possibly even visceral) of what a work of textile art could be expressing.

Take a look at some of our previous exhibits and be AMAZED by how artists have taken liberties with this art form – ENJOY!


Current Art Exhibit

Social Fabric’s Current Art Exhibit: The Art of Gift Giving

We had a fun idea for our December Exhibit – Actually Karin gave me this idea. When she wraps a present – it IS a work of art!  I decided we could have an exhibit entitled “The Art of Gift Giving”.

Many folks get all in a frenzy trying to get, wrap and give a gift. We’d like to help you by removing some of the stress of that task.  We’ve put together gift ideas, and we can wrap too!  OR – if you just CANNOT figure it out, don’t have time to spend shopping or don’t know what someone would want (color/size) we have GIFT CERTIFICATES!

Frame with shoe, fingerless gloves, gold purseIf you have questions or comments, please contact us at

Are you an Artist?

Want to be one of our exhibiting artists?  Drop us a line with some information about yourself and some images of your art work.  We are looking for art that is not necessarily only textile in nature, but could employ textile references or methods.  Email us at to open a dialogue about exhibiting your work.

Social Fabric is a Boutique and a Gallery/Learning Facility with a focus on textile art forms and fashion. Hours are: MON – SAT 11am-6pm* and SUN 11am – 4pm. *Open late until 9 pm during Art Walk (the first Friday of each month) Commercial Street Night Market  evenings and other late-opening events.

Find us at 1302 Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225

(Located downtown by the corner of Holly and Commercial in the parkade building)

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