So, that whole write once a month thing didn’t have staying power, obviously… but what did have it was my tufting gun. Soooo here’s my artist statement:::
In the spectrum of styles and mediums, I land in abstract fiber arts. I work with a variety of forms of wool, silk and cotton, everything from tufting to felted sculptures, weaving to sewing. I am currently concentrating on machine-tufting: using a yarn-fed power tool to create wall pillows and soft sculptures with hand-dyed wool.
The dye pot is where I fell deeply in love with the world of textiles. Dyeing the yarn is as important to me as mixing colors is for a painter. The colors I look for have variations within each hank of yarn, which increases the textural aspect of the work, as well as the visual interest. I can create subtleties that are impossible to recreate using commercially dyed yarns.
The tufts are soft, combining subtle color shifts to the undulating texture of yarn. When hung on the wall, the pieces soften the space, and invite the viewers to come closer. Their textures are intriguing. It’s my favorite part of working with textiles: creating work that draws people in, enticing them to interact directly with the fibers. I have found that people want to get as close to a tuft as possible, even if it is small.
In response to how close viewers seem to want to be, the scale of my work is beginning to shift towards large-scale pieces in response to these reactions. The bigger the work, the greater its ability to impact the environment it is viewed in. I have begun planning installation collections that drape from wall to floor, surrounded by sculptures rising up like small mountains. When viewers walk into the space, they will be surrounded by color and texture.
I will be adding available pieces here. As always, if you see something I’ve posted on instagram, feel free to reach out!