For the May TIF challenge, I wrote an artist statement. So my answer to Sharon's question "What do you call yourself?" is fiber artist. I wanted to upload the whole document so you could see the layout and photos with the statement but I couldn't figure it out. It seems that you can upload a file from MSWord but you need more computer skills than I possess. So I have just included the written part below. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about this question and writing the statement. I think it was a good exercise as it made me realize what I like doing best and the direction I would like to continue on my fiber journey. Sorry about the lack of photos.
Permutations in Fiber
When I discovered felting, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. As a self taught fiber artist, the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
One technique that I especially enjoy is the ancient technique of felt making. Traditionally to make felt, raw or dyed wool was dampened with soapy water and agitated (usually by stomping or rolling) to “felt” the wool. I use this traditional method of wet felting as well as dry felting with needles, either by hand or machine. I then embellish the felt with free motion machine embroidery, hand stitching and other techniques to develop a unique design.
As I continue my journey into fiber art, I am learning to look at the world more closely. I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world, be it an “ordinary” piece of grass, a tiny bit of lichen or the gorgeous Montana landscapes. When you look at my work, I want you to be drawn into the layers and details of the rich, textural surface and to “feel” the joy of its creation.