Yarn Garden is pleased to participate for the first time in the 10th Annual SE Portland Art Walk in our newly renovated gallery space at the store. We are pleased to bring fiber artist Janice Arnold to show a collection of her felt fabrics.
March 2nd – May 1st, 2013
JA’s felted fabrics “take on qualities of both silk and wool, plus an ethereal third dimension that arise from the mix. They are supple and luminous, cobwebby yet durable, and beautifully wayward in appearance not just from piece to piece, but also from inch to inch.” - Julie Laskey, Editor-in-Chief ID magazine Feature Fabric, New & Notable Issue Dec 2005
My inspiration comes from the collaboration of many elements: raw organic materials, historic process and the natural world. It is my artistic passion to take the ancient art form of feltmaking and blend it with a modern aesthetic to create art and textiles that transcend time, looking both modern and ancient.
The current high tech world with its synthetic surroundings has taken us far from the natural world and our historic traditions of making things by hand. We are starved for natural textures, fibers and irregular forms. I believe wool Felt connects us with our natural history in a way no other fabric can.