Textile Art

At Social Fabric, we celebrate the textile art-form by exhibiting work which is either textile in nature or refers to or eploys 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) 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 October 2017 Art Exhibit: Visard Masks by Aritas

For over 7000 years humans have worn masks to adorn, restrict, entice, oppress, declare status or hide identity. Oscar Wilde has said; “Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” Through mixed media and textiles, Aritas plays with words, masks and the lesser known “visard” to hide and to reveal the old from the new, the deflection from the truth, and the desire from the outcome.

Visard Mask by Aritas

Aritas imagines and creates from a farmstead far North of Bellingham surrounded by a menagerie of fowl, felines, eclectic characters and muse inspired organic gardens.

Mask by Aritas
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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 info@socialfabricart to open a dialogue about exhibiting your work.


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