"Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community" spotlights an international, intergenerational, intersectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions, such as crochet, embroidery, quilting, and sewing, while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight. Designed by Todd Oldham and edited by John Chaich, this 192-page, hardcover, 8 x 10-inch book features full-color spreads of each artist's work, along with intimate details of selections and artist studios, as well as an introductory essay by Chaich, who curated the exhibition of the same name that inspired this book. To further examine how queerness informs their work in fiber and textiles, or vice versa, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more--many members of the LGBTQ community themselves, and otherwise passionate allies. Smart yet playful, critical yet celebratory, the resulting dialogues are as colorful, challenging, personal, and universal as the works discussed and talents showcased. "Queer Threads" is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.
John Chaich is a curator, designer, and writer. A left-handed Capricorn whose birthday falls between those of Dolly Parton, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eartha Kitt, and Charo, he lives in Upper Manhattan with his husband, two dogs, two cats, and a lot of hair.
Todd Oldham makes things, lives, and works in New York City.
"Queer Threads brings together several strands (ahem): there's an examination of LGBTQ culture and identity, an exploration of the traditions of craft, and an in-depth look at some of the most talented artists and makers in the field today. The book is made up of 30 artist interviews where thinkers and makers have investigated how 'queerness' has informed their work. There are fabulous photographs depicting each makers' work in a joyful celebration of colour, talent, contemporary craft and identity." --Home & Interiors Scotland