What began as an art form of felting, needlepoint, and woven fabrics has evolved into entirely new concepts under the skilled hands of fiber artists like Wen Redmond. Creating art from fiber isn’t new, but the innovations and techniques utilized by Redmond are taking fiber into exciting new directions.
Redmond’s work features her original digital photography, manipulated and printed on prepared fabrics or other substrates. It is then further worked through painting, dyeing, stamping, screen-printing, mono-printing, stitching, or other means of surface design.
“I am a process-based artist. I’m always experimenting with combinations of materials and presentations, including or rejecting the outcome in my work. And so my work morphs with each new idea…
I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution. I make the art and then the art makes me.”
By printing images onto different types of fabric and playing with layers and transparency, Redmond creates dimension and a holographic effect to her works.
“As is the case with most of my work, I create an image with a variety of photo manipulating programs. “Pause” was layered with three photographs. One is an image out my window of trees in my yard, another of a prior finished work, and the last is of my painted cloth — thus my hand-painted fiber is inside my images and outside serving as borders for other works. The edges are finished with acrylic metallic paint, and it is creatively stitched.”
“While the result is successful, “A Thousand Wishes” is an experiment I’m not likely to repeat. It consists of a manipulated image of a barn, printed on cotton satin. I hand-painted borders of cotton duck, one of my favorite fabrics for borders or frames. The same image was printed again on silk organza. I stitched this directly on top of the prior construction in a grid formation. I very carefully sliced the organza so the pieces flip up, creating a series of visual multiple holographic imagery.”
Wen Redmond continues to push the limits of fiber. Her innovations and experimentation take a traditional medium into exciting new directions — and we can’t wait to see what direction she goes next.