Artists showcase their creations at Brooklyn Textile Show
by Holly Wilensky
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Make sure you drop by the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn over the next few weeks to witness the Missing/Missed textile arts show curated by Scott Henstrand.  The artists, who created their visions with textiles, have their pieces on display for public viewing from January 14th to February 25th at the Textile Arts Center at 505 Carroll Street in Gowanus.  

Stepping into this exhibit brings you into the world of color, texture and abstract design.  Each piece tells an individual story from inspiration to creation.  Twenty one artists take the stage from various artistic backgrounds and levels of gallery experiences.  We chose a few of the exhibits that spoke to us visually.

Brooks Harris Stevens: Little White Lies

Little Lies is part of a larger body of work titled, Spoon-fed Lies. As each dress has a different hand embellished design, the message every piece has is directly related to experiences, misconceptions or untold truths that Brooks has heard or experienced in her lifetime. For example, the dress with the scale embellishment (top) represents balance. This metaphor plays with the idea of “having it all”.

Another dress with the rulers signifies different means of measuring personal success or what others think your success should be. The sheer fabric and absence of color in her exhibit all play into the overall effect of the innocence and purity of young girls. The dresses float in a ‘ghostlike’ manner with clear fishing line to give you the illusion of haunting lies that one may have experienced as a child.

Brooks Harris Stevens is a fiber artist and an assistant professor of Fibers at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her formal training started at Savannah College of Art and Design and continued with graduate work at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Visit her website to see more creations.

Julia Elsas: Untitled

The “Untitled” piece (top right) is a variety of positions of her own mouth photographed and embroidered onto Linen. This piece combines her interpretation of body language and communication into a tapestry which leaves the viewer to come to their own conclusions of body tension, desire and flirtation. The rawness of the fabric coupled with the high contrast of the colors make this a show stopping, statement making, pop culture-ish play on human interaction. She has created similar pieces with eyes and other parts of the body.

Julia Elsas is a brand new Brooklynite via California as of a short 6 weeks ago! She is a graduate of Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art from UC Davis.

She will soon be a professor, starting this winter at CUNY Purchase in Purchase, New York. Visit her at

Visit the Textile Arts Center to see the Missing/Missed exhibit for yourself to experience the mixed materials and diversity of these talented artists. You can browse their website for information about their curriculum of classes and workshops to learn more about the arts using textiles and fabrics.

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