Bernie RowellI have been creating art with my sewing machine for more than thirty years, growing, changing and developing new fiber...
Embryonic in the world of fiber, yet still traveling on the road of creating art.
I design my one-of-a-kind wet felted garments and accessories as if they were the paintings I used to create. Instead of using oil paint to make my statement -I use fiber, silk and dye. The sense of playfulness, whimsy, and color that I employed in my 2-D work has carried over to my wearables. Which just goes to show you can't take the artist out of the art.
I always wanted to be an artist and began painting as a child, copying the paintings of Matisse, Cezanne, and Van Gogh while my friends were at the mall shopping. Later I went on to I study art and design at Syracuse University, got my degree in nursing as my fall back plan, (which came in very handy) and continued studying painting for another 2 years in an independent study program. In addition, I studied with internationally known painters at the Vermont Studio School for many summers.
I was a full time painter for the 13 years that I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina.I enjoyed being in many shows and was fortunate to have had a gallery affiliation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Then the opportunity came that allowed me to follow the life long dream I had of owning property and caring for many farm pets. With this change in my life, my medium changed. The sheep that I was now caring for were to be put to work and my felting began.
The journey continues, as I study more about fiber, take as many classes as I can and develop my line of wearable art.