Contemporary fiber artists Debra Folz and Tracy Krumm are on view at Bert Gallery for the month of July. The artists came to the attention of Bert Gallery as a result of the exhibit High Fiber, organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2012 as part of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series. Folz and Krumm are long established artists known to national audiences for their fastidious and thoughtful work.
Folz blurs the boundaries between disciplines and their assigned material identities, lending consistent focus to the incorporation of textiles and embroidery techniques with furniture forms.
Krumm incorporates intensely hand-made labor processes, simple physics (gravity, tension and suspension) and elemental materials (fiber, water, metal, earth and air), her sculptures merge technical proficiency with play, the domestic with the industrial, and the physical with the ethereal.
Both artists’ re-define the potential of traditional textile structures, Folz incorporating hand-stitchery into machine-made chairs and tables whereas Krumm crochets fine-gauge wire into forms that resemble textiles, she identifies as “hand constructed textile.” The exhibit gives viewers insight into how fiber artists have evolved and integrated into the mainstream of contemporary art.
Debra Folz Design is a Boston based studio, which realizes furniture and home accessory objects for exhibition and production through material exploration and conceptual curiosity. With an undergraduate degree in Interior Design from Suffolk University and a Masters degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Debra blurs the boundaries between disciplines and their assigned material identities, lending consistent focus to the incorporation of textiles and embroidery techniques with furniture forms. Motivated by the translation of traditional craft and manufacturing methods into contemporary visual languages, collaboration and the ambition to learn new techniques is key to her process.
Courtesy of Debra Folz
Debra Folz, Sight, Mirrored stainless steel, painted plywood backing, and nylon embroidery thread, 24" diameter x 1"
Debra Folz, Sight, Installation
Debra Folz, Spiro Table, 1/2" thick frosted acrylic, fishing line, 20"H x 30"W x 20"D
Debra Folz, Spiro Table Installation
Debra Folz, Xstitch Stool, Welded and powder coated perforated steel with hand embellishment using cross stitch, 20"H x 14"W x 12"D
Debra Folz, Xstitch Stool, Detail 1
Debra Folz, Xstitch Stool, Detail 2
Debra Folz, Strung Shelves, 1/2" clear acrylic, thermoformed and strung with rubber cording, 8"H x 28"W x 9"D
Debra Folz, Strung Shelves, Detail 1
Debra Folz, Strung Shelves, Detail 2
Debra Folz, Braided Stool, Ash wood with lilac leather strapping, 14"diameter x 18"H
Debra Folz, Braided Bar Stool, Ash wood with mint leather strapping, 14"diameter x 30"H
Debra Folz, Braided Stools, Installation
Debra Folz, Installation of Braided Process
Debra Folz, Detail of Braided Process
Debra Folz, Braided Bar Stool, Ash wood with a gray stain and light blue leather strapping, 14"diameter x 30"