Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art: Phaidon Editors with an introduction by Jenelle Porter

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A global survey of more than 100 artists, chosen by art-world professionals for their work with threads, stitching, and textiles

Celebrating tapestry, embroidery, stitching, textiles, knitting, and knotting as used by visual artists worldwide, Vitamin T is the latest in the celebrated series in which leading curators, critics, and art professionals nominate living artists for inclusion. As boundaries between art and craft have blurred, artists have increasingly embraced these materials and methods, with the resulting works being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums worldwide. Vitamin T is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey – the first of its kind.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 304 pp
  • Illustrations: 520 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714876610

Jenelle Porter was formerly senior curator at ICA Boston and curator at ICA Philadelphia and is author of numerous publications and essays on contemporary art and craft.

"...Explores a different corner of the art world, fiber art... There is much tactile work to discover."—The New York Times

"A textural and textural delight in and of itself... Essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in the power and potential of the materials that surround us on a daily basis."—The Essential Journal

"Celebrates textiles... [and] showcases a breadth of materials and applications."—My Modern Met

"First impressions of this book, with its beautifully designed trompe l'oeil moth-chewed jacket, certainly serve to pique the curiosity for what's inside... A bio and concise essay introduces each artist, accompanied by eye-catching visuals that steal the show. Simply fllicking through its pages, Vitamin T feels not only representative of artists from all stages of life, career, and across nations, genders and race but progressive and fresh."—Embroidery: The Textile Art Magazine

"The latest tome in Phaidon's medium specific series offers another indication that textiles are finally receiving the attention many feel is long overdue."—Selvedge magazine

"Textile art has an increasing profile, witness Phaidon's new Vitamin T: Threads & Textiles in Contemporary Art, which presents 100 current practitioners."—Fad Magazine

"Vitamin T is strong in its selection of artists... A timely contribution to dismantling the division between art and craft."—Hyperallergic

"Celebrates how the boundaries between art and craft have blurred."—Hypebeast

"This is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary art or textiles and beautiful documentation for those familiar with the artists. It's also an excellent introduction to the diversity of the fiber artmedium."—Library Journal

"[Vitamin T] follows titles decided to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics, and we are pleased to see fibre join the ranks."—Cover magazine