Courtesy of the Artist | Hoichi the Earless: Homage to Lafcadio Hearn, Fabric Collage on canvas, Silver leaf, 36" x 36"

Beverly Sky

ASB Interdisciplinary Artist since 2010

Artist Statement

I create ‘fabricated’ paintings by deconstructing the original patterns and pictures in fabrics and reintegrating them into a new image. This medium is a natural evolution of my work as a fiber artist.

My training and career as a weaver and papermaker / pulp painter has now evolved into the art of fabric collage, surprisingly; I am still working with the same materials, fiber, in particular, cotton fiber.

This new direction of my work has been inspired by the ‘free quilting’ movement and the incredible production of unique fabrics for the quilting industry. I can use the intrinsic qualities of fabrics, colors, patterns, textures and images as a painting medium to express ideas and artistic concerns that I could not as a papermaker or weaver. The landscapes I created as a papermaker were ‘feeling’ based whereas my work in fabric collage is ‘idea’ or narrative based.

I appreciate the economy of materials in fabric collage. No heavy equipment and specialized studio space. I can work anywhere; all I need is fabric, scissors and glue. Fabric collage allows me to explore greater narrative expression as well as spiritual and philosophical ideas that interest me.