Patricia Malarcher is a textile artist and writer named honorary fellow in 2020 for her scholarship, research, and advocacy as a contributor of articles on craft to the New York Times and the editor of Surface Design Journal, considered the primary thought-leading publication on the contemporary textile medium. As a Renwick fellow, she documented writing on contemporary craft in all mediums. She is also a fiber artist active with the Textile Study Group of New York.
Since the mid-1970s, Malarcher has contributed articles and reviews to periodicals including American Craft, Fiberarts, Fiber Art Now, American Ceramics, and Metalsmith. She also wrote on crafts for regional sections of the New York Times (1980 – mid-1990s). She has written chapters for books including Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America (Schiffer), Objects and Meaning (Scarecrow Press), and Helena Hernmarck: Tapestry Artist (Byggforlaget), as well as essays for exhibition catalogues including Generations/Transformations, American Textile History Museum (1903). She recently compiled and edited materials for Wings of a Ragtag Quest, a limited-edition artist book.
Malarcher has juried exhibitions including “Quilt Visions” and been a panelist at College Art Association and Textile Society of America conferences. She served as critic-in-resident at Penland School of Craft (1989) and other venues.