Wikipedia's article on fiber art states, "Fiber art is a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor involved as part of its significance."
Sculptors, pattern designers, weavers, paper makers, and felters are all part of the fiber artist group.
Functional art isn't always a necessity when it comes to knitwear or felting.
Anything that conveys an idea or message can be considered art.
I prefer to do mine with fibers.
LylianMae Fiber Artistry is constantly creating and designing materials for fiber artists.
Spinning, handpainting, and knitting are arts all on their own, too.
It is my intention to broaden my art to sculpture featuring different elements of textiles.