April 1-30, 2016
First Friday, April 1
Opening Reception 6:00 – 9:00
Members opening 4:30 – 6:00
About the Artists
Fiber Four Ways
My pieces, which were named Fiber Jazz by a friend, are careful assemblages of bits and pieces – studies of line, color, and texture. My process begins with hunting and gathering of bits of yarn, string, fabric, fake flowers, even fake hair. Everything goes into plastic bags where the layers of gleanings provide me with inspiration for new pieces. I place and replace the bits and pieces on backing fabric, cover this with netting and sew it down. Sometimes the layers of yarn and fabric are five and six deep as I try to get the pieces to work together. Then again sometimes I have to excavate five or six layers down to get to the yarn or fabric I want and bring it back to the top. The arranging process alone can take hours. I especially love it when friends give me their scraps of fabric and yarn as they have different color sensibilities than I do. Do you sew or knit – would you save your scraps for me? I am always asking for them!
I have been weaving in one form or another for over thirty years, but have come to concentrate on tapestry, because it allows me to play with color, texture, and imagery in a satisfying way. As a tapestry weaver I enjoy using the self-imposed geometric grid of the warp and weft on the loom to explore ideas in hopes of making something beautiful and compelling. Often the process of constructing both canvas and image is as much the focus as the final product. My current work is about color interaction, both in abstract compositions and in nature studies. I think of my tapestries as interior landscapes.
I have been weaving for over 20 years and am fortunate to have won awards from Handweavers Guild of America and Complex Weavers, as well as other state and local organizations. My work has appeared in galleries and juried shows from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Orlando to Chicago. I enjoy starting with traditional weave structures and pushing the structures to express the shapes, textures and colors I see in the world around me. I create woven pieces to grace the body, the table, the wall.
Weaving is one passion in my life. Another is teaching others to weave, opening their eyes to this ancient art and craft that is such a part of our lives. Toward that end I’ve had work published in Handwoven magazine, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Complex Weavers journal.
Karen James Swing
Texture and color are the focus of my work. I push the unique sculptural aspects of textiles to also take on the painterly qualities of watercolors and pastels. I explore hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics, machine quilting and embroidery, and other forms of surface design. Thread, as an artist’s medium, provides both color and texture. Layering threads with varying lengths and directions of stitches produces expressive textures. By blending and contrasting threads, colors are intensified and almost take on a life of their own.
As a full-time professional artist for over 30 years, I create art, teach, and am a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen. My work is featured in numerous books and magazines, as well as exhibits.
From his native Florida panhandle to the Bahamas, and up along the barrier islands of Georgia and South Carolina to Nantucket, Massachusetts, Harrell moves quietly among the timeless moods of coastal living, recording real people in real environments with a depth of perception well beyond his years. Observing from shore, sailing on the bay, or moving through the marshes with a third generation oysterman, Michael Harrell provides rare insight into the life at the ocean’s edge.
Michael Harrell received a BFA degree in graphic design from the University of Georgia and immediately became a freelance illustrator for MasterCard, American Express, and Paramount Pictures. At the same time, Harrell began exhibiting with the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of American Illustration and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Philadelphia, and the North American Marine Arts Society in Gloucester, Massachusetts.