I have spent a lot of time looking for a Russian artists whose medium is oil but using period costumes or stage costumes with samples of the cloth that the garment was designed in. BUT could not find him so will work on it for next month.
But in the meantime my FiberArts magazine came and I was impressed with the display of vessels on page 28 -30. The one that caught my eye first was by Marcie Schwartzman – she combines fabric and clay. She worked each medium separately for years, after seeing Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party realized what she could do when combining each. There is not a lot of information on her but she can be found at www.vasefinder.com. Her statement is “I have worked with fabric and clay for years and after seeing how my garments could form vessels and the boundaries of my clay vessels could continue further evolving to a softer shape. Combining the two-came easily as I saw how certain fabrics and glazes were natural complements to each other”.
Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette is another artist listed in this article and her work is revolving around her need to collect. She has a piece at http://elmarisette.blogspot.comthat is called “Her Domestic Helmet” it is made from hair curlers and is wonderful. the two that are in the FiberArts magazine are made from zippers and pages from textbooks. She spent many hours sharing her talents with all ages teaching classes using collectibles of all kinds. www.flickr.com/photos/47691962@NOO/set/1235592
Dee Durkee makes her vessels from fabric and calls them fabric collage vessels. She collects from estate sales, warehouses, family and friends – working fusing, pieces stitching etc. They are made to be reversible and self-supporting. She lives in AZ and her vessels can be seen at www.sedonaartistscoalition.org/artists/artist.php?full_name=Dee%20Durkee.
Also check out:
Amanda Salm she uses horsehair and textures found in nature.
Sarah Hewitt using nail, leather, rattan, jute, tar just name a few of the materials – creates wonderful and unusual vessels. www.sarahhewitt.com
Christine French uses reed baskets, driftwood, paper pulp, gut, satin, feathers to name a few. Her work is fun and would generate many comments. www.artistsofcleveland.com/french.htm
They are all wonderful examples of what can be done with all the things that we love to fondle. I think that Christine’s are such fun but love the elegance of Marcie’s. Have any of you tried your hand in this area?