About the Artist:
My medium is textiles. Fabric, fibre, and thread have always been my passions. I completed Fashion Design at Fanshawe College and began my career in custom clothing, and pattern making. After attending the Textile Surface Design program at Fleming in 2005. I changed direction, still working with textiles, but starting to create art with them. I have been instructing in the Fibre Arts program at Fleming since 2008, teaching Applied Design, Textile Embellishment and Basic Sewing. My work has been shown in a number of exhibitions including World of Threads (2007 and 2009), Eastern Ontario Masterworks (2009), and Threadworks 2010.
About Her Art:
Currently I work mainly with fibre and thread to needle felt and thread paint landscape. Making traditional looking artwork using a non-traditional medium. Needle felting is a dry felting method that uses barbed needles to meld the fibres together. This technique allows me to be very precise in my colour placement while building up many layers of fibres into an image. Thread painting is a sewing machine technique where the feed dogs are lowered allowing me to move the material freely while guiding the needle and thread through the fabric. I like to say that I paint with my fibres and sketch with my thread.Art wear, installation and sculpture also fascinate me, taking landscape images, placing them in a new context and making them from textile materials. My hands are always in contact with my work and I feel I am submerged into the images that I create. I approach each piece as a puzzle, always open to new ideas. The world and how we fit into it is a fascination for me. The depiction of the natural environment allows me to connect to, preserve, and share the beauty around me.
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