The term fiber art came into use by curators and art historians to describe the work of the artist-craftsman following World War II. Those years saw a sharp increase in the design and production of "art fabric." In the 1950's, as the contributions of craft artists became more recognized - not just in fiber, but in clay and other media - an increasing number of weavers began binding fibers into nonfunctional forms as works of art.
Grace Armstrong began her career creating fiber art in the early sixties and eventually settled in southern Arizona. These pieces came directly from the estate of her late husband, Robert Armstrong, a designer who worked on several mid-century projects including the Florida Pavilion in the 1964 World's Fair, the Moon Gate hotel and several Grace Hotels.
This past exhibition was presented in 188 Galerie's Viewing Room in January, 2017.