I have been a working studio artist, designer and educator for 33 years working in “One-of-a-Kind” Fiber Mixed Media Sculpture and Objects. My attraction to working with Fiber is in the options it presents with its ability to shape-shift when using a variety of materials. These include items locally sourced and collected in nature, along with reclaimed debris from construction sites, Oregon coastal beaches, and everyday human discards. I apply basic ancient techniques using a mixture of repetitive layers of stitching, weaving, cold connections, painting, and encaustic.
These multiple applications make it very easy for me to blend reclaimed metals, wire, rubber, paper, fabric, and organic materials of all kinds. Each layer of material mixed with different techniques begins to build the structure that gives the object or vessel its form and opens the door for interesting detail surface embellishment. Some of the extra benefits, to my delight, in working the way I do is sensing the mythologies many of the materials hold from their point of collection, hearing the dialog of place and time of what they once were, what they were used for or where they once grew. This influences the studio outcome of a piece.
There has always been something very familiar to this work and the process. As a maker I often question the maddening drive of the making, the design that wakes you up in the middle of the night that forces you to write it down like a lost dream or forces you into the studio with slippers and a mug of tea for a nonstop design session of how a piece is going to come together during the next week or month. It’s all the in magic and mystery of talking to rocks, rusty bits, and piles of gathered sticks that keeps me inspired.
My works are exhibited both nationally and internationally and have graciously received numerous awards. They are also held in public and private collections along with being seen and featured in 48 publications worldwide. I currently live and maintain a full time studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Shannon Weber Ph: 541.767.9013/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
e/A encaustic Arts
Fiber Art Now
Surface Design Journal
Scopic Fashion & Art of the NorthWest
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
The Ranch Center for Art and Craft
Mendocino Art Center
Arrowmont School for Art and Craft
Pacific Northwest Art School
Southwest School of Art
NBO National Conference Tacoma, WA
South Slough National Estuarine
Oregon Coast Aquarium
e/A Encaustic Arts Magazine
My works we will featured a in the new book 3D MIXED MEDIA TEXTILE ARTISTS
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