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“According to artist Alice Robrish, the quality of the gallery, with good lighting, staff, a good location and a space for classes, plus the organization’s extensive internet presence ‘is a terrific service to the art community and the wider community. They nourish the connections between the artists in town. It enriches all of us.”
-Yellow Springs News, June 2013
Currently in the Gallery
“I Make Things Because I Must”
Fiber Art by Kathy Verner Moulton, Mary Noren, Phyllis Schmidt and Holly Underwood
May 20 – June 12
Featuring Art Quilts, Stuffed Magical Creatures, Textile Portrait Dolls, Embroidery Art and Hand Crafted Rugs.
Four Fiber Artists with an insatiable need to make things:
“All through my life my need to create has driven me. No matter what else I was doing, I had to have some piece of artwork in progress,” Kathy Verner Moulton
“Making things truly helps me stay sane. Bringing to life the creative ideas in my head brings me simple happiness like nothing else can.” Holly Underwood
“In my teens, I started sewing with my grandmother,” Mary Noren
“For me it’s fun, a way to play.” Phyllis Schmidt
These artists create art to give to friends and family as gifts, to decorate their homes, to remake something old into something new. They are driven to make things: to surround themselves and their loved ones with handmade items that fill a need in a personal way, to re-purpose something broken into something useful, to shun mass produced products in favor of one-of-a-kind gems.
Holly Underwood learned to embroider and sew from her mother and grandmother. In the over three decades since, she has branched out to quilting by machine and by hand, embroidery of various kinds including hardanger and sashiko, making curtains and clothes, and toys and masks for her son. Her current favorite upcycled materials are felted wool sweaters and t-shirt yarn. Though she has dabbled in other types of crafting such as paper making, mosaics and candle making, for her it always comes back to needles, thread and fabric. She creates under the name Tinkerman’s Daughter.
Mary Noren is inspired by vintage fabrics, bold colors and quirky motifs. She designs and creates clothing, costumes, quilts, creatures, wall hangings and toys. Her pieces are often playfully whimsical. She runs a sewing school in Yellow Springs called the Mad Hatter Sewing Studio.
Kathy Verner Moulton “Needle and thread became familiar tools in high school when what we wore was sooo important. You had to know how to change your regular jeans into hip-huggers, cutting and sewing back the waistband and tucking in the extra zipper. These skills came in handy during the leanest years of early marriage, doing freelance sewing for a living. Later sewing became quilts and wall hangings both traditional and nontraditional using my character designs.” Moulton’s series of “Yellow Springers” dolls began as a gag gift for a Christmas party, each with his/her own pair of handmade “Ghirkenstomp” sandals.
Phyllis Schmidt‘s background is in Design. Her work now focuses on the decorative arts, creating colorful whimsical art out of bits and pieces from different media.
Please join us at the Opening Reception on Friday, May 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. There will be an Artists Talk at 7 P.M. Refreshments will be offered.
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