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Fiber Art is defined by a focus on how materials are used and manipulated by the artist, the significance of the work, and the aesthetic value of the piece. It is a crossover use of materials and techniques, using mixed media for surface design and specialized weaving techniques. It involves hand weaving, stitching arts, dyeing processes, fabric painting, and fabric manipulation. Materials come from many places…commercial box stores, thrift and antique stores, estate and yard sales, nature walks, and fiber fairs for unusual yarns and objects to incorporate.

Layer One:

I have a technique using cloth instead of yarn to construct a piece of cloth. The process involves cutting new yardage or old clothes into ½” to 1” strips, then weaving them. The Japanese call this Sakiori. This will be my canvas base.

Layer Two:

I take a piece of cloth and apply one of these processes: shibori stitch resist and dye the fabric, paint the cloth, draw on the cloth, or create a computer-generated photo or picture on the cloth.

Layer Three:

I add to the cloth: hand stitch, machine stitch, stamp it, add found objects, adhere other fabrics, or paint and draw some more. I work intuitively with whatever design the process produces.

Final stage:

I adhere everything onto my woven canvas. Every piece is a wonderful surprise, even to me!