Norma Minkowitz's Female Forms in Fiber

Norma Minkowitz's Female Forms in Fiber

For Women Only II by Norma Minkowitz

For Women Only II (1973) by Norma Minkowitz; dacron, cotton thread, cardboard; crocheted, knitted, trapunto, hooked, stitched, starched; 14 x 7 in.

Norma Minkowitz's For Women Only II, a striking sculpture made up of dacron, cotton thread and cardboard, seemed like the perfect image to share this week as we enter Women's History Month. Minkowitz is known for creating haunting three-dimensional figural and organic forms utilizing crochet and other fiber and mixed media techniques. 

An influential contributor to the fiber art movement of the late 20th century, Minkowitz was born in 1937 in New York City. Early on her mother taught her how to draw with pen and ink, as well as crochet. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, several years after her graduation from the Cooper Union Art School in New York, that Minkowitz merged her love of drawing with fiber. For Women Only II, created in 1973, was one of Minkowitz's earliest fiber works shown in a museum exhibition, "Baroque '74", at the ACC's Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City.

Minkowitz's sculptures can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in addition to numerous other public and private collections. The talented artist, who became a fellow of the American Craft Council in 2005, continues to be an experimental and highly regarded maker in fiber arts today.

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