Saturday, November 3, 2012

Silver Lake College Fiber Art Exhibit, Manitowoc, WI

 Colleen Ansbaugh photographs nature as a source of inspiration for creating her art cloths.

The first step in her process is a simple pencil sketch of the general shape.  The image is translated onto the cloth through hand dyeing or adding color with paint, often adding more surface design with silk screening, beading and stitching.  The colors of nature are reflected in the cloth often bold and bright with brush marks adding a painterly effect.
Course thread is hand stitched adding texture and visual interest.  It is an ongoing process where one piece leads to the next on her exploration of color and shape.
Also exhibiting are Ramona Gillaume, of Denmark, WI; and Anne Phillip, of Stevens Point, WI. Each woman’s individual body of work is linked to that of the other through a common love and exploration of fiber as a medium. The artist’s methods and creative manipulations of that material range from traditional to non-traditional mixed media. The exhibit, which brings together these three distinct artistic visions, will be in held in the Silver Lake College Hallway Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Department (accessed through the East Entrance), from October 15 through November 16, 2012. The exhibit is open to the public at no charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Colleen is a friend and fellow member of Studio Art Quilters Association.

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