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I am a designer/fiber installation artist. All of my pieces incorporate recycled and repourposed materials.. Most of my work is autobiographical as well as inspired by beauty I have found in the natural world.
I make art because I have to, When I am driven by a certain concept, I often can not slow down until the piece or pieces are complete. When I am working on a piece I am content, thinking only of what I must do next to convey what is in my mind. I always feel better when my hands are busy, nervous energy I guess.
I think that my favorite things about my work are the process itself, I am most drawn to creating things that have a great deal of repition. Almost like a mantra echoing itself, this rhythm guides me through each piece. Through repition I can create texture, balance and deepth. I am drawn mostly to earth tones, muted colors with stategically placed bits of bright colors, such as red, teal or even metallics.I often light my work with harsh light creating heavy shadows and high contrast. Replicating the strong lighting that the sun gives off just before sunset in Autumn. The Autumn light creates shilouettes, cutting out everything it touches.
I often work with wool or manmade felts, my materials are often limited to what I have around to work with. I use mostly recycled materials from thrift stores or things I find, old sweaters and couch foam, or items that folks have donated. These materials dictate what I will be able to create, and I work well with this challenge. By crocheting, knitting, machine and hand sewing, knotting, weaving, ect. I am able to manipulate ordinary discarded objects and materials into fine art.
I find myself working mainly with fibers, they tend to be easily obtainable and often inexpensive. I love creating soft sculpture environments in which the audience can experience and intiract with the work. This allows the veiwer to leave there world of behind and open themselves up to something new, exploring other possibilites. I believe that when I have created a successful piece, I will be able to look at it again and again and be satisfied and proud of my accomplishments.
I began making jewelry and feather fascinators to support my fine art habit. While doing so, I fell in love this process of cutting tiny organic designs out of tubing, to be meditative as well as profitable. This lead to the opening of my online store Labelle Maverique on Etsy.com. Where I have created a line of jewelry using recycled materials.
All of my jewelry is made from recycled bicycle inner tube. The design is cut out by hand, using very tiny scissors. The design does not follow a pattern, instead it's cut free form. This brings a more organic feel to industrial materials. I think of it as urban lace, because of the effect and the amount of time it takes to gain this effect.
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I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
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