Artists fabric to create compositions
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- As paint is necessary to a painter, clay to a sculptor and wood to a carver, a group of Brevard County artists hope to demonstrate how the usage of fabric can also create beautiful works of art.
From Monday, Jan. 7, to Monday, Feb. 4, the local art collective Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists will present the exhibit "A New Look at Fiber Art" at the Harris Corporation Art Gallery of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts lobby in Melbourne.
The exhibit can only be accessed by concert-goers, who have purchased tickets for one of the numerous events happening at the King Center during the time of the exhibit.
Dirty Dozen Fiber Artist member and Viera resident Dij Pacarro said the exhibit will demonstrate to the community how fabric is used for more than just making quilts.
"People associate (fabrics) with grandmothers, who quilt," she said. "We do all kinds of stuff besides sewing. I'm looking forward to people getting a chance to see what we do."
Members of the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists said they cut, scrunch, tear, burn, weave or paint the fabric they use for their art and transform them into unique and colorful pieces.
And the members do not limit themselves to just using fabric. They use other items to create their works, including paper, window screening, plant material, beads and plastics.
The Dirty Dozen Fiber Artist is made up of 12 art professionals, who have won awards for their work, and art enthusiasts.
Despite critical acclaim, group members said they do what they do out of love for creating art, playing with fabrics and learning from one another.
The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.
To view upcoming events at the King Center, or for more information, visit www.kingcenter.com, or call (321) 242-2219.
For more information about the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, call Dij Pacarro at (321) 805-5550.