Textile Art, Fabric Collage & Art Quilts by Lisa Penny

"The evolution of my own inherent artistic vision has developed more slowly. Perhaps this is because I spent two decades working with graphics that were intended to communicate entire concepts and sales messages, instead of art that had the freedom to just wallow in the essence of an idea or element." That's how Lisa M. Penny described her road to Pennyfabricart to Judit Wild in the "The Scoutie Girl" blog. In her interview from March 27th 2009 "then & now - pennyfabricart" she describes her childhood growing up surrounded by art and how she was introduced to quilting in 2001 by a friend.

Lisa creates contemporary original textile art designs with unique visual and textural components in a modern collection of fabric art collage and mixed media art. In her artistic statement she confesses that she believes her art should be visually pleasing, intellectually intriguing, technically stunning, and sometimes humorously entertaining.

Her concept of "Mixed Media" embraces a mix of processes as well as materials. In creating a new work she is often a photographer, digital artist, illustrator, painter, art quilter, and collage artist. The natural world gives us so many textures to capture or reflect light - she loves balancing and contrasting many of them in a piece.

Most of her compositions are inspired by perspectives from the natural world, often in macro (up-close) views. Although every now and then she diverges into geometrics, abstracts, and architecture.

She loves the versatility of fabric as her base medium. The vast variety of types and styles allows for infinite combinations of visual and tactile textural variety. Adding other media to this base brings contrast to the fabrics' natural warmth.

Some of her pieces are intricately sewn using advanced techniques, others are fused collage with top-stitching, painting, drawing, wire sculpture, tile work, beading or other embellishments.

By approaching fabric from a mixed media viewpoint, rather than traditional needlework, she hopes to introduce art lovers to the magic of fabric as an emerging fine art medium.

She studied Marketing and Art in college, and has worked in Publishing and Advertising Design for over 15 years. She has spent the last 9 years working as a full-time artist, focusing on fabric art, art quilting, and mixed media art. She is currently working on 2 book contributions, due to be published in early 2010.

Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Kismet Gallery, Troy, NY
McHenry College Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL
Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
Farmington Arts Festival, Farmington, CT

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
American Quilter's Society (AQS), Paducah, KY

Additionally she specializes in custom and commissioned works.

Please see her full online art gallery at http://www.pennyfabricart.com.
As you can see in her Etsy mini she creates contemporary original Textile-Based Art & Fabric Collage with unique perspective on natural forms, in a modern collection of abstract & representational designs.
After taking the summer off from Etsy to do other exhibitions, she is listing new items again.

In her shop you will find gallery-wrapped art (wired for hanging), quilts, and small-scale and miniatures.

She also sells fabric short yardage & remnants in her "destash" shop at: http://fabricdestashsale.etsy.com
You can read about her destash shop here in the Crafters and Artisans directory in the article "Yardage, Fat Quarters & Supplies from PennyFabricArt".

Join her on Facebook http://facebook.com/PennyFabricArt or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/PennyFabricArt

Location: Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA

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audreyscountrycrafts said...

What a great shop! I admire anyone who can quilt - I will learn how one day.

lucy said...

I cannot do quilts either but these are so beautiful it makes you want to. it's the details and the love that goes into them. i have just bought some bamboo fabrics to make cushions with and was looking for inspiration, thanks