Editorial archives of Fiberarts, one of the world’s leading textile-art magazines for more than 30 years, have been donated to Colorado State University’s Morgan Library Archives and Special Collections by Thrums LLC, formerly Interweave Press LLC of Loveland.
The gift includes correspondence between more than 300 artists and the editors of Fiberarts dating from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s. The archives include images, artist statements and other materials contributed to Fiberarts magazine and the books it published.
Professor Tom Lundberg, fibers area coordinator in the CSU Department of Art and Art History, describes the gift as “a time capsule from a period of remarkable experimentation, growth and change in the field of textile art.”
The history of Fiberarts
Founded in 1975, Fiberarts was the world’s leading textile-art magazine until it ceased publication in 2011. The magazine and its related books chronicled trends, issues and innovations in the field of contemporary fiber art and promoted the work of emerging and established artists and designers. An international audience of makers, curators, collectors, textile enthusiasts and businesspeople relied on Fiberarts for information, inspiration and resources.
The archives document the wide scope of Fiberarts publications, which covered tapestry and weaving, surface design, wearable art, quilting, beadwork, papermaking, needlework, basketry, mixed media, sculpture and installation.
The future of the archives
“We’re thrilled to have this gift housed at Morgan Library and feel that the still images, slides and correspondence within the collection provide a rich resource for faculty, students and researchers interested in the fields of textile art and design,” said Janet Bishop, coordinator for CSU’s Archives and Special Collections.
For details about the archives or to plan a visit, contact Janet Bishop at (970) 491-1844 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.