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Artist Talk: Threads Bared and Fiber Art

2-3 pm panel discussion
3-4 pm coffee reception

Color and texture, layers upon layers, all stitched, knitted, crocheted or taped together...

With traditional and nontraditional fibers, and through conventional and unconventional processes, participating artists in Threads Bared--Art Inspired by Fiber, have woven together an exhibition that is both whimsical and contemplative. Four of the 15 artists in the show will come together for a panel discussion on their work, their unique methods and materials, fiber art, and more.

Join us for this artist talk, come play in a large crocheted jellyfish/octopus/amazing installment piece, and get all your burning questions about fiber art answered.

Participating Artists:

Susan Berstler
Local artist and Nave Gallery guru, Susan creates magic from recycled plastic bags, piling layer upon layer of color, texture and even text to form a coherent whole. The transformation of the bags from trash to sculpture invites the viewer to expand their own definitions of what is and is not art.

Merill Comeau
Merill is a mixed media artist examining themes of decline, regeneration and bloom. Drawing on her background in interior design, Merill creates large-scale Gardens of Eden out of repurposed materials--mother-in-law’s blouse, worn blue jeans, cast off sheets, plastic mesh vegetable bags, artists’ brush cleaning rags, vintage linens and brightly colored fabric samples of discontinued patterns.

Lauren O'Neal
Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including theatrical design, dance, and architecture, Lauren looks at the connections between embodiment and sensory engagement, and how physical manifestations of cognitive and emotional states-of-being become patterns of thought, stance, gesture, and communication. Her installation in the show is primarily about communication and attachment, things that we desire that are often tenuous conditions at best.

Amy Pett
Using steel wire and colored copper wire, Amy knits together standing and hanging sculptures by regular circular knitting. Manipulating fibers with a mind of their own into clear and complex lines, Amy explores ideas of fecundity, female sexuality, and natural forms.


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  • Alice S.

    Fantastic event. Loved the opportunity to meet the artists whose work I had admired, enjoyed hearing the story behind these pieces.

    December 9, 2012

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