March 16–May 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
Artist Sibyl Rubottom presents a new series of 2- and 3D textile work in the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery. Using the technique of printmaking on linen with sashiko, Rubottom collages abstract and text-based imagery. Sashiko, literally meaning “little stabs,” is a traditional Japanese method of stitching fabric to make it stronger, warmer, and more hard-wearing.
This series combines my lifelong practices of working with fabric and printmaking. I have spent many hours over the past year stitching each piece and the practice has been a peaceful mending of my spirit. In many ways, creating this work has made me “stronger, warmer, and more hard-wearing.”
Sibyl Rubottom holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. For over 25 years Sibyl made fabric art for the interior design trade. She is former proprietor of Bay Park Press, which was a small fine arts press specializing in limited edition artists’ books and fine intaglio prints. Sibyl is currently manager of the Print Studio at the Athenaeum Art Center. Sibyl’s books are held in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, John Hay Library at Brown University, Sterling Library at Yale University, Geisel Library (Mandeville Special Collections) at UCSD, the Malcolm A. Love Library at SDSU, and various public and private collections.