Carmen Grier / Carmen Grier TextilesCarmen Grier’s hand-dyed and pieced fabric compositions are inspired by her memories of the Iowa landscapes of her childhood as...
Karen James Swing
The common "thread" in this body of work is the use of a sewing machine, pushing it beyond the normal expectations of its function. By dropping the feed dogs, which control the stitches and feed the fabric through the machine, I am able to draw with the needle and thread.
With the thread, I am able to "paint", blending dozens of colors of thread together to create the rich depth of a painting. I have taken these techniques a step or two further with a collage of hand-dyed and painted fabrics and found objects. Several books and publications feature my work. I may be contacted through SHCG.