Island contemporary embroidery artist Nancy Cole is participating in the group art show, FotoFiber, at Robert Mann Gallery in New York City. The exhibition can be viewed online until January 28 at robertmann.com.
FotoFiber explores the synthesis of two art disciplines—embroidery and photography.
The practice of embroidering photographic images has a long history. At the turn of the 20th century, European artists embellished photo postcards as part art object, part souvenir for tourists.
Cole’s piece in the show, The Dark Room, is an 18 inch by 20 inch contemporary hand tinted embroidery and vintage photo enlargement, mounted on a black gesso stretched canvas.
“I took this photo in 1977 using my Yashica 35mm and developed it in my darkroom,” says Cole. ”It looks like I did a slow exposure with maybe an ASA 32 film [probably Iliford]. Slow forward to 2021—contemporary embroidery.”
FotoFiber gathered work from a group of international female artists who combine photography with various fiber techniques of the past while employing a contemporary sensibility. Techniques such as French knotting, cross stitching, weaving and hand stitched embroidery render unique and expressive handmade objects.
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