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fibreman 3 invite
Fibreman 2013, October 13 2013, Kerson Local Lore Museum  

While Fibremen International 2014 is being planned it is time to look back at some of the all male textile exhibitions that have been mounted since 2000 to try and understand what the curators are trying to explore. The writing below is "Scythia" Textiles curator  Ludmila Egorova look at what they have been presenting in the Ukraine with their Fibreman International. If you go back to fQ Volume 7 Issue 3 Fall 2011 you can read Lithuanian art critic and curator  Lijana Sataviâute's essay Textile Men and see how she puts the male contribution to Contemporary textiles arts into an historic context of curriculum development in textile training/ education in Lithuania. in the next issue i will be taking a look at exhibitions in in Canada:Boys with Needles 2003 and the United kingdom  "Boys who Sew" 2004. Just noticing the difference in the titles of these exhibitions should suggest there is something to explore.

Joe Lewis 


 Fibremen International exhibition of contemporary fibre art 2011-2013

International exhibition “Fibremen”, which takes place in Kherson, Ukraine in 2011-2013 featured male artists working with fibre. This exhibition is designed to broaden the awareness of male fibre art and consider their works within a broader context of art history. The chosen art works created by artists from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

Luke Hains, On my bed 5
Luke Haynes, On my Bed 5, Quilt  90"x90" 2012

 Fibremen... their creative process has always fascinated me. Unique individuals, they all have much in common – skills, talent, vitality, intelligence. They are often entering competitions together with women textile artists and show their art works publicly. They have worked hard and let their creativity flow outside their studious. They create breathtaking, inspiring works that touch everybody. Their art works is a result of commitment and determination. Main objective of this exhibition is to promote works of male textile professional artists. Women outnumber men in this sphere of art. Women organize exhibitions within their group of communication very quickly and more frequently, than men. That’s why I give more space for male textile artists.

    It’s not an easy task to find fibremen who work creatively worldwide.

The main reason why I decided to continue “Fibremen” is devotion and dedication of male artists to textile art.

Andrew McPhail Band Aid Gloves

Andrew McPhail, Band-Aid Gloves 

    As an art critic I know too well all peculiarities of creative life of a textile artist. It’s not a secret, that not all textile artists follow their profession all their life. I have no any right to judge them. That’s their decision, but I always think about those, who continue to follow their chosen profession and reach their goals and improve their professional level.

I am impressed with male textile artists devotion to textile art and highly estimate this character features.


memory of earth


Mihai Moldovanu Memory Of Earth 22, 85x85 2010 

For me the motto of “Fibremen” is devotion to textile art. The exhibition offered the viewer both visual and intellectual pleasures. The youngest participant of “Fibremen” is 21, the oldest is 73, which confirms the interest to this media of different generations of artists.

    Fibremen used a variety of materials and techniques to create their art works. The sizes were from 25 centimetres to up to 3 meters.

 Ludmila Egorova

my head, my heart or my universe
Robert Orihuela Yurivilka (Peru) Not knowing if, is my head, my heart or my universe Not knowing if, is my head, my heart or my universe. Tissue 100 X 100 cm. 2013

the above is reprinted from the website: http://www.scythiatextile.com/UK/Scythia.html
Luke Haynes (USA) http://www.lukehaynes.com
Andrew McPhail (Canada) http://www.andrewmcphail.com/
Maciej Mesznik (Poland)
Mihai Moldovanu (Romania)
Andrew Schneider (Ukraine)
Robert Orihuela Yurivilka (Peru) http://www.robertorihuela.blogspot.ca/
Anton Veenstra (Australia)http://antonveenstratextiles.com/
Mike Wallace (UK) http://mikewallaceart.co.uk/
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