Fiber and photography
About My Work
It has always been an incredibly rewarding experience for me to seek out and compose photographic images. (There are more for you to look at at the bottom of this page. If the suspense is killin' ya, click this image now and it'll take you there.)
But hey, I gotta say, I love to work with fiber! I am a fiber artist. I've been asked-what does that mean? Imagine art that hangs on the wall. You've seen it-it might be paintings or framed photographs or drawings but you can see it in your minds eye, hanging on that wall. I'm sure you've probably got some hanging in your living room. Now imagine that the art hanging on your wall is made of cloth! That's fiber art.
How do you get cloth to be art, you say? That's where I come in, I use many techniques. Sometimes I paint right on the cloth, sometimes I print photographs on cloth, sometimes I join pieces of cloth together in non traditional ways and maybe attach weird objects (like glass) to it. Other times I do all of these in one piece of art. For me, sewing is always involved somewhere in the process. (If you're brain hurts from reading, you can look at the fiber art now by clicking the image below.)
My art has evolved over time. For a long time I kept sewing and art in different places in my brain. I exhibited at art festivals but always just with photographs printed on traditional paper and in traditional frames. I had all of the parts and pieces for both worlds-I had sewing equipment and fabric and an archival printer and fancy software to manipulate photos but the worlds of photography and fabric didn't intersect.
One day all of the stars aligned and I started printing photographs onto cloth! Then I started working with paint on cloth. It snowballed from there. Another one of my favorite things to do became fussy cutting fused fabric and building art with that. To see some of these creations, click .
These days I still love taking photographs but it's different. Now whenever I take photographs I do it with an eye towards putting the final result on cloth. I just finished being an Artist in Residence at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (an honor only bestowed on 6 artists per year) and I've got thousands of new photographs! There's no telling how many will end up on cloth but I can't wait to get started. For another chance at a sneak preview of a few photographs, click .
Bonnie's Moon Garden
Rainbow over the Mountaintop
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The fiber pieces below were created using a variety of techniques including hand painting, photography, thread painting, thread sculpture, etcetera. Click on an image to view the entire piece of art.