Describe your work in 15 words or less-
Sharon: Using fabric, pattern and quilting texture to “paint” my world.
Tammi: Representational and abstract interpretations with encaustic, mixed-media, photographic imagery and/or textiles.
Laura:Prints about birds and bugs. and environmental challenges affecting them.
How does the natural world influence or impact your artistic practice?
S:How could you not be influenced by the beauty that surrounds us each day, from the birds that wake us in the early morning, to the trees that shade us, the water that captures our spirit and the seemingly endless open fields that reveal the mysteries of the skies. Rather than working totally realistic, I often abstract the subject or background so each person translates the artwork based on their own memories and experiences.
T:The natural world almost entirely influences both my artistic practice and daily living. Interaction with it is a multi-faceted, interconnected, intellectual, intuitive and sensory experience all rolled into one; therefore, the natural world is indeed my greatest muse. Beyond the obvious, almost everything in nature and our relationship to it is steeped in ancestral memory, symbolism and metaphor. I feel compelled to bring awareness of the natural world into focus, including educational components, as they may pertain to sustainability, diversity, peril or simply, appreciation.
L:At a young age animals, and birds in particular captured my attention. Observing, drawing, and learning about the natural world continues to be a source of fascination. There is always more to see and learn and I always have ideas to make art work about, from animal behaviors to how human action effects their survival.
What is your dream project?
S: My dream project was designing and making a 14’ x 17’ commissioned wallhanging for a new hospital complex. Now I am exploring working on a smaller scale but still discovering new and exciting ways of create with fabric.
T: My dream project would be both an artistic interpretation and documentary photographic exploration of a main theme that spans parts of the globe in collaboration with experts, artists, makers and documentarians that I admire.
L:Illustrating a children’s book
What is the most indispensable tool or item in your studio?
S: My fabric stash because it is a world full of possibilities yet to be discovered.
T: Music. My studio is nestled at the edge of the woods, so it can be as simple as opening up all the windows to enjoy the sounds of rain, thunder, breeze or birdsong. Most often though, I’m playing some genre of music I’m craving at the moment through nice quality speakers, sometimes at a deafening volume.
L:Carving tools (and coffee)
What are you favorite past times outside the studio?
S: Exploring the outdoors, fishing, reading.
T: Aside from reading, or watching documentary and indie films, I seek the outdoors regardless of the season. I love snow showing, kayaking, sailing and hiking. I adore traveling near and far. Even a trip to the grocery store can feel like a quasi-exciting road trip. There’s just something about a windshield and a rear view mirror that suits me.
L: Birding and going to dog parks