Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Why did you choose to go into fibre art?

two wrapped forms, 17" and 13" high, 2007 and 2008

From a young age I loved to work with thread and cloth. I sewed doll clothes and embroidered pillowcases. I sewed my own clothes from age twelve till age thirty-two. I knitted, crocheted, and sewed gifts for my family members while in high school.Now I notice that my daughters also feel connected to thread. Power of Red, cloth book, hand dyed fabrics and embroidery, 2007-9

I don’t think I really chose to be a fibre artist. I evolved into one.


  1. In my case, I've been playing/working with thread and cloth since I was a child, too. I learnt it from my mother. I used to sew and collect leftovers of fabric that a cousin, who was a dressmaker, gave me...

    When I was a teenager, I chose to study dressmaking and painting in my free time, instead of practicing sports, as others did...

    But I didn't consider it as a way of expressing myself until recently, after a degree in arts and many years drawing and painting. And I feel that I've found my artistic medium at last!

    I posted about it some days ago, here and and here

  2. Anonymous9:50 pm

    i like this post judy!

  3. Judy, I'm just starting to get into fiber arts... I have a background in costuming, and I'm starting my own wearable art business now. In my internet explorations, I've found that the most intriguing blogs are those that focus on fiber arts--there's so much inspirational material!!

    I'm learning. Slowly. There's so much out there it's hard not to lose myself in ideas to try! Haha! Ya'll keep posting great stuff! I'm never going to get anything done!! Haha!!

    But incorporating aspects of fiber arts into my own work is going to be thrilling and a journey I'm excited about. A long one, to be sure--it's more about selecting what I like and don't like--and there's so much to like it's daunting!

    Thanks for sharing, Judy!! Keep up the great work!

  4. I chose fibre art because I get lost in it. I choose handstitching because it is contemplative and textural and gentle (and aggressive sewing machines frustrate me no end!).First time visit here for me - so much to enjoy!

  5. Montse Llamas

    I visited your links and then visited your blog further. It is so interesting and your enthusiasm for art using cloth and stitch is so great.
    It's very fine to feel connected to artists like you around the world through blogging.

  6. Thank you so much, Judy. You are so generous.

    It's an honor for me to have the possibility to see the way you understand art and cloth, and to learn from your work.

    I consider you one of my masters in this path of sewing (even if you don't know it...). Umnnn, so, do I sound like a "teachers pet", maybe...?

  7. I knew at 8 yrs old that I wanted to be a fiber artist. My mother and grandmother sewed, quilted, cross-stitched, crocheted, etc. I grew up surrounded by cloth, thread, texture, color... I fell in love with it all early on. And grew up to be a fiber artist. It is my soul. It is my foundation.


Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx