Fibers & Material Studies

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Tyler Graduate Student Wins First Prize in Fiber Art Now Juried Exhibition

Author: Jordan Cameron
“Gospel of Three Dimensions” by Mika Obayashi

Fibers & Materials Studies graduate student Mika Obayashi received first prize in Excellence in Fibers IX, a juried exhibition by the publication Fiber Art Now. Over 1,200 artworks were submitted for consideration. 

The installation, titled “Gospel of Three Dimensions,” was originally on view in the Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College from September 6 through October 28, 2022. 

The piece is made of abaca paper, cotton cord, and indigo dye, and is created to be a partially immersive experience, giving viewers the opportunity to step into the sculpture. This is in line with Obayashi’s interest in examining conventional experiences of space in her work. 

“I’m honored to be recognized this way,” said Obayashi. “I’m also just excited that more people were able to see something I worked so hard on.” 

Obayashi is featured, alongside the rest of the participants in the exhibition, in the Winter 2024 issue of Fiber Art Now

Image courtesy of the artist.