Fiber and More Fiber


Fiber...it has always been about fiber for me.  From the time when I was little, I have sewed pieces of fabric together.  Then I learned how to embellish fabric with buttons, embroidery floss and needlepoint yarn.  Learned how to do needlepoint, and at one time taught it

At one time, we  raised a herd of Angora goat:  we had about 150! We bred the goats to produce fabulous fiber for hand spinners.  Let me tell you, I miss those goats and that abundance of fiber now!

When I began creating vessels and then window pieces here in Asheville, I used wool and mohair.  Then, I started exploring using a wider range of fibers. The pieces now include: silk, bamboo, tencel as well as mohair and wool.

I’m really excited that 2019 will see the use of hemp fibers!  Also this year I’m hoping to begin to study the history and use of fiber.

Thoughts from my Husband....

Patrick said the kindest words the other day! He had always supported my artistic inclinations and endeavors. He’s a master craftsman, and makes the frames for the custom, commissioned window panels I make.

He came into the studio yesterday while I was arranging all these colors for a new piece. Wool, mohair, and a smidge of silk. Patrick remarked that I used many of the same colors in my work. But then he continued with “but you could arrange the same colors in the same pattern and make the same size vessel, but no two would look alike”. How kind is that comment?

So I got to thinking about that, and he’s right. Absolutely spot on. Two colors next to each other “blend” into each other as I sew, the machine pushing then into each other. Then there’s no way I could place layers of paint in the exact way over and over again and have the same result in different pieces.

I suppose this is one of the joys of being a “maker”, of taking an idea and transforming it into a tangible object.

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

It's not what you think it is!

Recently I answered a question on a group site.  The question was:  tell us something we don't know about yourself".  My answer was that my 2nd grade teacher took my box of crayons away because I kept coloring outside the lines.  And that now I'm an artist here in Asheville.   I included a pic of one of my fiber vessels...the first one I ever created.  This is the one I saw whilst having radiation therapy.  It set me on my path when we moved to Asheville!

best vessel!!.jpg

The comments humbled me, to say the least.  One comment was "I love glass".  BUT it's not glass!  It is colored wool, silk, and mohair sewn together, cast into shape.  Then there layers of paint and epoxy resin!   

So, things aren't always as they seem!

Thoughts On Creating Commission Pieces

I find so much joy in doing commission work.  As the artist, I get to develop relationship with the clients.  If they are local, I even get to design the piece for space, considering the colors, geometric aspects of the site and seeing the furniture and other art work the clients have.

Currently, I'm designing three window panels for the greatest young couple.  There house is quietly elegant, without being stuffy!  Full of stunning pieces.   Because the couple are here in Asheville, I've had a chance to actually check the windows for how the light will come through, which really is exciting for my artist's mind.

It has been so much fun adjusting the approved sketches to the actual size, to source the various fibers (wool, silk, and bamboo), and to work on the layout.  Stretches my artistic "muscle".  

There are large pieces.  The first two are a rendition of our majestic French Broad River, done in two section.  It's 24x40!  Below is the "first draft" of the left window panel piece.