Saturday, 2 March 2013


Wylie Sofia Garcia is interested in the aesthetics of beauty blending with the psychological on the surface of feminine domestic objects such as dresses, quilts, chairs, or beds. At The Barn, she worked on several textile-based objects that were included in her MFA thesis exhibition at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Wylie is the only resident in Seven Below history to elegantly endure the summertime mosquito epidemic while five months pregnant!

Betsy Giberson

 Liu Fang

 Barbara Wunder Hynes

Her background from her mouth; by 1969, I was designing and creating original clothing for local Southern California hippie boutiques. The original Gypsy Spirit Threadworks was born in the 1970s, when I created costumes for musicians and other performers, and participated in craft fairs and festivals. During this time, I also worked as a theatrical make-up artist and costumer for two costume companies, and I designed costume jewelry at a local mall store. In 1978, I won First Place in the Royalty category of the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s annual costume contest at the old Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California.

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Nick Cave

Nice Cave has become known for his soundsuits, full body ensembles that cover the wearer from head to toe, often camouflaging the very shape of the human body.  By masking the identity of the wearer and obfuscating gender, race, and other social cues that we have all become so adept at reading–the wearer of a soundsuit is simultaneously hidden from view and judgment while also redefined as a playful and performative abstraction. 

Arian Sroka 

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


Sebahat Cetinkaya

Creations belong to the mother. She is inspired from nature, traditional Turkish arts, crafts and freeform fiber artists.
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Jean Gauger

 Jean Gauger is a Fiber Artist who creates handmade one of a kind art. She uses wool and silk to create unique items from wearable art to home decor using the process of felting and or nuno.

Explore and examine the variety of patterns, shapes and colors presented in natures most beloved insect. Then learn how to interpret your favorites in a Nuno felt garment. Create a stunning felt shawl with layers of silk gauze, merino wool, china silk, and a range of decorative silk fibers.

Sharron Hedges was another prolific crochet designer in the 1970s. She was a leader in the wearable art movement of that era and she continues to work in wearable art to this day, although where she’s really made her mark in recent years is in the development of stunning prints for use in wearable as well as paper goods and home decor items.

 Sharron enjoyed working with the interplay of two-dimension and three-dimension that crochet offers. In other words, she liked creating a flat two-dimensional fabric with crochet then putting it on a person and seeing how it changed the work and then working back in the 2D to adapt to those changes.

Christine’s Coat (shown above) is the first work that really transitioned away from the nature-inspired imagery towards a more graphic print which is notable because prints are what Sharron ended up doing a lot of in the years to come.
Norma Minkowitz

 Norma Minkowitz, mixed media,
 Norma Minkowitz

fiber and mixed media
King of the Hill, by Norma Minkowitz 
Fiber, acrylic
Norma Minkowitz is a sculptor of the human form who happens to use the technique of crochet to achieve her vision. For over 30 years Minkowitz has transformed the traditionally feminine art of crochet into a medium for figurative sculpture. The transparent openness of the crochet allows her to draw in three dimensions to reflect the psychological ideas beneath the surface.

Carter Smith

The Art of Shibori: Work by Carter Smith on display in the Hillestad Gallery includes "Piazza Coat," made of embroidered silk. The background includes details of (top) "Lava Flow" and (bottom) "Dance of the Impalas." Courtesy photo.

 Smith has created a multitude of hand-dyed textiles for clothing and wall pieces over the last 40-plus years.The artist uses a combination of acid dyes and fiber reactive dyes along with a discharging agent to selectively add and remove color. He has adapted the traditional art of stitched and bound resist to suit his contemporary esthetic. Smith layers a multitude of colors as the pieces go through as many as 20 steps to completion. Technique: Shibori Tye-dye material: Silk.