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I have been a Certified Artisan  by the Department of Tourism and  the ""Department of Culture"" of  Puerto Rico for more than 20 years.

I am fortunate to be part of the Artisan Market in ""La Placita Darsena"" as it is called,  located off  Pier 1, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.  I enjoy meeting travelers from all over the world who come to explore the Tropical Island of Puerto Rico.

Although I paint on burlap with acrylic paint, I consider myself a Silk Artist because my love is dyeing and painting on silk.

Each of my scarves is individually hand dyed and hand painted making them a ... one-of-a-kind ... by virtue of the process used. Batik, Tie-dye and Silk Painting are some of the techniques I love to explore and use. 

Location:  Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Online shop:   SilkMari
Blog:  SilkMari
Other social media:  Twitter
Membership: Silk Painting Gallery Network 
Languages spoken:  English, Spanish

 Paintings on Silk by SilkMari

Tags:  Silk Artist,  fiber artist, artisan, hand dyed, hand painted,  silk,  silk scarves, tie dye, batik,  silk painting, wearable art

Terri Pike

I'm a self taught felter, with an emphasis on nuno felting.  I have taught friends how to felt, and started a tutorial website for learning the basics.  I did it because I enjoy it so immensely and I want people to have as much fun as I'm having! 

When I first tried finding info on nuno felting online, I had little luck, so my videos are for those ambitious people out there who want to teach themselves.  It is a fairly new way of felting so I can really stretch the limits of my imagination on what can be accomplished.  Not everything has been done to death with nuno felting, so inventing new looks is so satisfying because it hasn't been seen before.   I try at least one experimental thing with each piece I create.   I look at other art for color combinations, and ways of really trying to TRANSLATE it into my medium.   I once did a wet felted wall hanging of a painting of a photograph!

I take a lot of time and plan each piece carefully because the best part is having it turn out in an unexpected way.

A little background on Nuno Felting:

Nuno means “fabric” in Japanese (this is not a Japanese technique, it was invented by an American woman named Polly Sterling) so adding any fabric to a wet felting piece is considered nuno felting.

The fabric is laid out and a layer of loose wool is arranged on top and/or bottom.   It is then rolled up in a plastic bundle and rolled on a table for roughly an hour or two.  The wool literally migrates directly through the fabric during this time.  Once it has really worked its way through, it is then shrunk (as wool is wont to do) and it takes the fabric along with it creating lovely wrinkles and texture.  Then it is hand rubbed in hot soapy water.  Lastly it is thrown against a hard surface many times, then rinsed and dried.  After drying over night, the last 3 steps are repeated.

My fabric of choice is 100%  silk chiffon  and my wool of  choice is Merino. Since my pieces are usually touching the neck, I want to make sure it feels soft and luxurious and never itchy.  Other wools would not achieve such comfortable results.  The wool is the finest wool available (Merino) and in the lowest micron count for the softest feel.  I also use other materials such as silk roving, tencel, cottswold wool, mohair yarn, wool yarn, and novelty yarn, but minimally, and for embellishment.

Artist's statement:  I like to fabricate a thing that didn’t exist before I thought of it.  I prefer to use the crudest, most basic raw materials possible, so that I actually construct it.  I like my designs to resemble the chaos of nature.  How clouds form and make random patterns, and rocks and streams and fossils and snow.  Those patterns hold the most interest for my eyes, but my personality type is always pulling me towards order and structure.  Creating a piece that makes visual sense and has the fluidity of freeform is my everlasting challenge.

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Online shop: blindsquirrel
Blog:  feltinglessons
Languages spoken:  English

Nuno felted scarf by Terri Pike

First video in a series on Terri Pike's Felting Instructions:

Tags:  felting, felt, felted, wool, silk, nuno, laminated,scarves, scarf, shawl

Ariane Mariane

Independent textile artiste Ariane Mariane creates “fiber art to wear” in her French atelier near Paris. She makes outstanding and eco-friendly garments and accessories of high quality.

Each item is handmade mostly by nuno felting. Only the smoothest merino wool, finest fabrics (silk, linen, and cotton) and best fibers are employed.

Her joyful line of unique and one of a kind pieces are meant to dress unique, special and individual women - women for whom fashion is an art and a statement.

Artist's statement:  Ariane Mariane’s “fiber art to wear” has a graphic spirit. Her garments and accessories are a support for expressing her “collage inspired” art. To underline the pictorial approach she works with beautiful but easy / sober silhouettes which can be adapted in different ways. Versatile and reversible, her garments invite playfulness and reconcile us to the fun fashion should be.

By draping her garments around the body, two dimensional becomes three dimensional - from a picture to a sculpture. We are invited to complete the art work by adding our unique body shape and our imagination. It’s the wearer who gives the final touch to the creation by draping it and by choosing how to assemble the piece with other clothing.  

Ariane Mariane: “With my eco-friendly garments and accessories I want to transmit happiness and playfulness. Fashion for me should be art, fashion should be fun and fashion should make this life a bit brighter!”

In Ariane Mariane’s approach fashion is a statement and completely timeless.

Location:  Paris, France
Online shop:  arianemariane
Blog:  arianemariane

Languages spoken:  French, German, English

 Nuno-felted fashions by Ariane Mariane

16ème Carrefour Européen du Patchwo

Tags:  art-to-wear, unique, versatile, poetic, statement, fashion, garments, playful, joyful, colored, nuno felt

Marble-T Design, LLC /// Linda Moran


Marble-T Design, LLC is a small partnership of husband-and-wife marbling team Dean and Linda Moran. Hubby Dean started marbling after a three-month search for supplies, just so Linda could have some new fabric for a quilt. 

They marble all kinds of fabrics, from cotton to silk, from linen to polyblends. They've been marbling for nearly 20 years and consider themselves good at what they do, but not nearly to the level of the Turkish masters of the art. Dean marbles and sells the fabric, while Linda gets to keep the really great stuff and quilts, making unusual fiber art that has been juried into shows around the country. Lately they have branched into designing new fabrics using marbled patterns as the basis, as well as creating Digital Marbling (TN).

Mission:  To study and learn the ancient art of marbling; to help others learn marbling by being free with help and advice, unlike the guilds of the Middle Ages; to continue to improve the creation of unique pieces of fiber art; to celebrate the planet with abstract representations of the earth.

Location:  Tucson, Arizona, USA
Online shops:
   Cafe Press
Blog:  Marbled Musings  
Other social media:
   Tucson Arts and Crafts Organization
   International Marblers Society
Languages spoken:  English

"Gaia 2: Beginnings", Art Quilt by Linda Moran
Quilted Marbled Satins

Tags: marbled fabrics, fiber art, digital marbling, art quilt, wall hangings, textiles, marbling, fabric marbling

Lisa Call

Structures #60   ©2006 Lisa Call
33" x 89"
Textile Painting 
(Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)

I'm a visual artist that creates abstract contemporary textile paintings composed of my richly colored hand dyed fabric. My award winning artwork is exhibited internationally and included in numerous private and public collections.

I just built a new state of the art textile art studio and am always happy to schedule a studio visit if you would like a tour or to see my artwork.

I'm the creator and author of MakeBigArt - a website and blog to empower artists - to think big about their art, their marketing and their lives.

I am also a full time software engineer working in social CRM (customer relationship management) for Oracle. I'm a single mother to 2 wonderful teenagers and fill my free hours with yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.

My more formal bio:

Lisa Call creates bold geometric contemporary textile paintings composed of her richly colored hand dyed fabric.  Her work is abstract but draws elements from many places: her love of the colors and geological forms of the southwest, repetition, pattern, and an attraction to human-made structures for containment such as fences and stone walls.

Call’s award winning work has been shown in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States and Europe including Craft Forms at the Wayne Art Center, National Crafts, Fiber Art International, and Layers of Meaning at the Contemporary Crafts Museum in Portland, Oregon.  Her piece, Structures #11, was selected for the cover of the Quilt National 2003 catalog.  Structures #5 is included in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum's permanent collection Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  Her work is included in the University Hospitals in Cleveland, Town of Parker and Broomfield's College Hill Library public collections and private collections across the country.

A self taught artist, Call began making contemporary textile art in 1993.  In 1997 Call founded The Fiber Connection, a successful online artist support group.  She received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1987) and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1985). She was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1963.  Having grown up in New Mexico, she returned to the southwest in 1994 and settled in the Denver, Colorado area.

Artist's Statement:  My abstract textile paintings are informed by many elements: my love of the colors and geological forms of the southwest, repetition, pattern, and an attraction to human-made structures for containment such as fences and stone walls.  I work in series, exploring themes of interest in depth.  Color is of primary importance and is combined, intuitively, in unexpected ways, employing a unique palette of cotton fabrics I hand dye.

I am drawn to textiles by the tactile nature of the medium and intrigued by the flexibility of woven fabric in contrast to its underlying rigid grid construction.  I manipulate sections of preconstructed color, verses applying pigment in small brush strokes, to create a composition.  Individual elements are freehand cut and placed onto a flannel-covered studio wall, where I work improvisationally, designing, constructing and refining the lines and shapes in the piece.  Extensive stitching on the surface adds rich texture to the finished work.

The Structures series, which investigates the boundaries we use to divide our world, originated in 2001 as an exploration of human-made structures for containment such as fences and stone walls.   Lines of posts, negative space created between odd shaped stones, and uniform rows of bricks were all of interest.  

As the series matures, focus has shifted to the psychological barriers humans use to protect themselves emotionally, exploring how we hide our true thoughts and feelings with these imaged roadblocks.  Some question that inform the work:
•    Do we put up walls to keep others out or to keep ourselves in? 
•    Do these imagined boundaries really keep us safe? 
•    Are we hiding from ourselves or from the outside? 
•    What are the risks and benefits of exposure should the walls come down?

The work continues to reference the physical fences and walls that initial caught my attention, but as the series progresses these constructs often become more abstract.  

Location:  Denver, Colorado, USA
Online shops:  
Blogs:  lisacall, makebigart
Other social media:
   facebook (personal page)
   Owner and Founder of MakeBigArt
   Founder of The Fiber Connection
   Member of Surface Design Association
Languages spoken:  English 

Structures #99    ©2008 Lisa Call
33" x 39"
Textile Painting 
(Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)

Tags:  textile painting, quilt, aceo, abstract, structures, markings, dwelling, pieced, award winning, color

Rebecca Kemble

My name is Rebecca (Becky) Kemble and I love working with fabric. I have been a textile artist since 2001, but before that I worked in oil paint, pastels, clay, and colored pencil. Once I discovered textiles and all the different ways of using surface design, it was a great way to combine the tactile sensations of the fabric with the drawing and painting I have done for many years. I love exploring the many ways of creating an image using dye, paint, stitch, discharge and more. My work continues to evolve the more I learn about the different techniques. I feel I'm just beginning to find my artistic voice and am so excited about what continues to emerge as I continue to explore and work in this medium.

Artist's Statement:  I believe in the power of art.  I believe it is through imagination that ideas are explored and carried through to completion. Creativity paves the way for problem solving, by asking the question, “what if”? 

The inspiration for my art comes from the natural universe, from the macrocosmic to the microscopic view of creation, expressed in both realistic and abstract, organic forms.

Location:  West Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Online shop:  rebeccakemble 
Blog:  rebeccakemble 
Other social media:  Twitter
   Studio Art Quilt Association
   Surface Design Association
   Central Iowa Textile Artists
   Iowa Art Quilt Association
Languages spoken:  English

Art Quilt by Rebecca Kemble

Tags:  mixed media artist, textile artist, fiber artist, art quilt, surface design, dyeing

The Greene Fairy

Hi! My name is Kerry and I absolutely love to create art and make handmade recycled paper.  I have an art degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, but have really been creating art my whole life.  I first made handmade recycled paper when I was 10 or 11 years old,  at Octoberfest up in LaCrosse, WI. I then began making it again in my late teens and refined my technique over the years.

I have learned a lot through trial and error, and created my own techniques over time to make my paper one of a kind, earth friendly, and lovely.  It gives me endless joy that I can make something beautiful from papers and items that might normally be cast aside, thereby helping the environment and also providing a unique art supply for other artists and craftsmen. I have found that these recycled papers have many great uses, including card making, gift tags, soap wraps, book marks, book binding, and scrapbooking. Oh yeah, and they look great framed as art too!

If you are looking for a certain size, color or style, just contact me and let me know! I love working with potential clients on custom orders :)

Artist's Statement:  At The Greene Fairy we strive for a high quality paper product that is decorative, eco-friendly, and of many purposes :)

Location:  Savannah, Georgia, USA
Online Shop:  thegreenefairy
Brick and Mortar Presence:
I have my own studio/gallery in Savannah's City Market! I also show work at  The Horizon Gallery, also in Savannah, and soon may be expanding up to Asheville, NC.
Blog:  snitterdog
   The City Market (Savannah, GA)
   Horizon Gallery (Savannah, GA)
   The Book Nook (Asheville, NC)
Languages spoken:  English

Handmade Recycled Paper with Dragonflies 
by The Greene Fairy

Tags:  paper, upcycled, diy, earth- friendly, supplies, textured, ornate, ooak, crafting, playful

Ames Douces

Ames Douces (fr. Ah-meh Dooseh) is French for ""gentle souls"".  These dolls are not dolls you would typically find in a toy store.  Rather, they quietly accompany adults and children alike on their journeys through life.  These gentle souls are worry dolls. They are talismans or mascots of sorts to help you wade through the difficulties you might encounter as you go about your daily lives.  They were created to do your worrying for you. Make one your personal hero.

I also sell vintage lettering and other supplies in my Simon et Cie shop on Etsy.

Artist's Statement:  My mission is to make people happy. I am a worry wart by nature and it has often gotten in the way of enjoyment and happiness in my life.  One day, I decided to stop worrying. I found myself having difficulty with this. I felt that someone had to worry lest things go wrong everywhere. I had once heard about Guatemalan worry dolls and set off to find out more about them.  It seemed amazing to me that something so simple could actually work so I decided to create my own worry doll that I could project my worries onto before resting my head on my pillow.  Lo and behold, although it took a little practice (worriers always tend to want to hang onto things), lo and behold, I feel more free to enjoy life than ever.

My mission is to help those who need a little help to stop worrying. We all need a little rest from that now and then so that we may live life to its fullest!


Location:  Petaluma, California, USA
Online shops:   
Languages spoken:  English, French, Spanish

 "Sebastian", Art Worry Doll by Ames Douces

Tags:  art, doll, handmade, yarn, sculpture, softie, fabric, embellished, worry doll, talisman

Leisa Rich

I am a fiber artist working in 2D, 3D and installation format using free motion stitching as my primary method. In addition to my conceptual, non-functional works, I also make unique items for body and home for my Etsy shop and stores and gallery shops. I also teach at arts centers, run the after school art program at a private school in Atlanta and conduct workshops and arts events. I have been featured on the PBS artist special “IN CONTEXT”; featured in the books, “The Best of America Sculpture Artists and Artisans” Kennedy Publishing and “Quilt National 2009” Lark Books and exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. I hold MFA and BFA degrees in Fibers and a Bachelor of Education in Art.

Artist's Statement:  At age four, while in the hospital for deafness, my mother made Barbie doll clothes for me to dress my Barbie and Ken in. One dress in particular, made of a fiery red satin, provoked my infatuation with the tactile qualities inherent to textiles and fiber, and my interest in working 3 dimensionally.

I am involved with continuous exploration and development of the ways which man-made materials can be formed into work that references nature or natural systems and how, when I magnify these human-made “systems”, they form a new reality. This attempt is in response to my dissatisfaction with the impact of human behavior on the natural world. I am seeking to create a unique world of my own design, made from that I shun and that I embrace.

In my 3 dimensional and installation works, I address this by looking at items usually ignored: a small stone kicked aside while walking, a bit of broken glass, a fossil, a shard of twisted metal, a shell, leftover plastic, a microscopic cell. I transform those simple, ordinary objects into the extraordinary in order to give them greater significance. Using the power of scale—from minuscule to gargantuan—I portray and bring to notice an important essence I see in each object.

The 2 dimensional, somewhat Neo-Surrealist fiber pieces I am creating interject personal storytelling into a broad visual commentary on that dysfunctional society. My wall works at first glance might be likened to that of a painting - an initial impression of color and form -but the viewer of my work is usually confused by a texture unlike that in painting and is then sucked in for a closer look. I want that element of hidden surprise to grab, so that they are drawn in to my story.

Feminists might postulate that my use of fabric and the intricacy of the stitching in the works harks back to the days of quilting bees, when women shared stories, solved the problems of the day and bonded tightly as they worked with tiny stitch. As society has become more complex and humans increasingly disconnected from each other and from nature, artists like myself end up holed up alone, a stranded worker bee…transforming what I can, a bit at a time.

I live and teach in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been married for 24 years, have two beautiful daughters and I will soon become a grandmother for the first time!

"Amoeba Mushroom" Fiber Sculpture by Leisa Rich

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Online shop:  richmade
Blog: monaleisa.posterous  
Other social media: Twitter
   South East Fiber Art Alliance
   Surface Design Association
   American Craft Council
Languages spoken:  English 

"No Sense Crying Over Spilled Milk: Reason #2 LUST"
2D Fiber Art by Leisa Rich

Tags:  fiber, art quilt, embroidery, sculpture, stitching, quilt, 2D, 3D, installation, free motion stitching


Decorative pillow covers made only from natural, non-toxic fabrics. Pillows include ikats, suzanis, kilims, wool, wax prints, batiks, indigo cloth, mudcloth and a smattering or printed organic cottons.

The fabrics are woven only from natural, non-toxic fibers, using mostly ancient techniques and low impact dyes. A story, a person and a culture are behind every fiber. Most decorative pillow cover fabrics are woven on handlooms and the artisans are paid fair wages for their skills.

Decorative pillow inserts are made with kapok fiber filling and organic cotton shells. Kapok fiber is natural, organic, pesticide free, non-allergenic, mold and mildew resistant, lightweight, odorless, silky, sustainable, washable and non-toxic. All inserts are made in the U.S.A.

Mission:  What I am offering is high quality natural and pesticide-free textile products that don't offend one's sense of beauty, function and compassion. My goal is to be a proponent for all that is pure, healthy, beautiful and respectful. This is a humble attempt to share my passions and values.

-Donna Halloran

Location:  Northborough, Massachusetts, USA
Online shop:
Memberships:  Green America, Kiva
Languages spoken:  English

Ikat Pillow by Fabricadabra

Tags:   ethnic textiles, ethnic pillows, handwoven textiles, pillows, organic cotton pillows

Fibre Arts Australia / Glenys Mann

FIBRE ARTS AUSTRALIA organises four events each year. Twenty international and Australian tutors are invited to each event to share their skills and knowledge over a five day period. These fibre/textile events are five day workshops that contain: hands on experiences, lectures, fibre/textile exhibitions, traders, networking with like minded people all in a wonderful live-in environment. They are held in country areas in Australia.

Mission:  Fibre Arts Australia endeavors to bring the best Fibre/Textile Artisans in the world to a place where knowledge can be shared with like-minded Fibre/Textile enthusiasts in a nurturing environment.

Location:  All over Australia
Memberships:  Craft Australia, NAVA
Languages spoken:  English 

Mixed Media Book by Glenys Mann

Tags:  weaving, surface design, dyeing, bookbinding, found object jewelery, hand-stitching, basketry, felting, hats, wearable-art

Cultured Expressions, Inc.

As a lifelong fabricholic, I built a business around my love for African textiles in particular. Cultured Expressions specializes in the creative use of authentic African fabrics for sewing, quilting, decorating and crafts. It started with the publication of my first book, AFRICAN ACCENTS: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home. Since then, I've been promoting my work through two more books (GLOBAL EXPRESSIONS and ON THE GO!) and by importing and selling fabrics, embellishments, kits and specialty merchandise to go with the books. Two favorites are our Jacquard Batiks and handcrafted brass adinkra symbols, both from Ghana.

I also offer related travel and tour opportunities, including our Textile and Craft Tour of Ghana (Sept 2010) and our 6th annual Quilter's Retreat, which takes place at a holistic spa in Negril, Jamaica (June 2011). In addition to helping others create their own artwork through workshops and the merchandise, I've also been carving out a bit more time to create custom handbags and commissioned wall hangings. I love what I do and I enjoy sharing it with others.

Friends are invited to my home studio in Rahway, NJ to shop-by-appointment, and a mini shop is always set up for workshops.

Artist's Statement:  Through my books, events and products, I want to offer people a unique avenue for self expression and at the same time, give them an appreciation for, and an understanding of African cultures and creativity.

Location:  Rahway, New Jersey, USA
Social Media:  LinkedIn  
   CHA Designer Member
   Newark Museum - Instructor & Member
   Textile Museum - Member
   Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Alumni Assn
Languages spoken:  English, some Spanish, a little Twi (spoken in Ghana)

African textiles available at Cultured Expressions, Inc.

+African Accents On The Go! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style


Tags:  Mudcloth, kuba, bogolan, retreat, embellishment, bead, ethnic, global, culture, how-to books


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