Fiber Arts Medley
Fiber Art by Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont, PH.D
September 27, 2024 - October 27, 2024
“My life is now truly in the melting pot stage where all my experiences, new and old, physical and mental, analytical and intuitive, mundane, and spiritual, are coming together in a savory stew melding me into a mindful whole. Fiber is the medium in which I am working with to fine-tune my life. The joy in weaving allows me to explore color relationships, whether bold contrasts or tone-on-tone, shadings that test the edge of visual perception. In my work, I am interested in the connections between self, emotion, seasons, atmospheres, and the time of day. My inspirations include the natural elements and the materials themselves, while the patterns of landforms and the atmospheric elements, plays a key role in color and mood expressed.
In my work, I am interested in the connections between self, emotion, and time. I am intrigued by the seasons, atmospheres, and the time of day. I try to recreate these natural occurrences, evoking emotions that I associate with the use of color, line, textures, and tones. The lines suggest landscapes or other aspects of nature. These techniques are very contemplative, encouraging, introspective and are constantly evolving with explorations in reflection, geometric design, delicate color tones, and bold contemporary patterns, woven into cylindrical ridges resulting in a three-dimensional texture on the woven surface. Other innovations I add are the spontaneous and free methods of coiled fibers. These works are essentially visual, instead of representational, as I look for images and colors that transform and represent things that make me free. Such feelings become more important as I continue to work with fibers and pigment.
Finally, I cherish aesthetically appealing material effects and try to create works that use a specific process to provoke an experience. It is the pleasure of experimentation that is the actual experience of feeling the tactile and the joy of colors ending against the back of our eyes. Such feelings become more important as I continue to work with fibers.”
Image Credit: “Muddy Waters,” fiber by Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont, PH.D