A Delicate Dance with Fiber – on Katie Shulman @ Hyperallergic
Though its origins are somewhat disputed, a popular maxim holds that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” — which is a sideswipe at music criticism, specifically, but might also be more broadly interpreted to mean that certain expressive media cannot be effectively used to convey a sense of others. In this spirit, it might be argued that it is very difficult to knit about dance, but fiber artist Katie Shulman would likely disagree.
“I have a structured process, and I like to use materials like elastic bra strapping that behaves with its own will,” Shulman told Hyperallergic during a studio visit, “and because I am making such specific decisions, there’s an intermediary period that is pretty intuitive. I’m pushing and pulling and making connections based on weight and tension.”
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