This work is made from deconstructed denim based on patterning from my grandfather’s fishing net. This piece antagonizes the significance of fiber as it relates to notions of survival, progress, and craft work. My work is based on the evolution of “women’s work” through human production, and this specific denim is made from the last remaining selvedge denim mill in the United States (purchased in 2017). As a marker of precarious production and a nod to the role that fiber and craft have played in the progress of humankind, this piece begs the question, “What comes next? What is the role of human labor, of craft, after this?”
Kimberly is a fibers artist and educator living and working in Asheville, North Carolina. She earned her BFA in Fibers as a Distinguished Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design, and earned her MFA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill subsequently. Kimberly’s textile-based practice is informed by historical research and global industry. Magnifying the garment industry as a microcosm of human production, her work is bound by the contemporary context of labor and recontextualizes everyday cloth through subtractive sartorial techniques.