EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Haze McElhenny Cerrato

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompasses sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Heart In Hand - Haze McElhenny Cerrato
Heart In Hand - Haze McElhenny Cerrato

Haze McElhenny Cerrato

My fibre art project, Skirting the Issue, began in the summer of 2006 after working very closely with a commercial screen printer. During the length of this project I was fortunate enough to witness and become involved in all phases of the the process of commercial screen printing and I was aghast and appalled at the amount of waste created and the number of sample runs that were assigned to the trash because they did not meet client specifications in one way or another. This really got me thinking about how to reclaim some of those goods without trampling on license issues.

Shortly after that project closed, I found myself at a local thrift store. This particular store had more than several racks (in fact it was almost an entire floor) of tees. Many were barely worn and of a very high quality but I still wondered how many had any chance of being sold and actually worn and more – how many would soon be packed off to the landfill.

Actually seeing and realizing all of this waste was very disturbing. So I started cutting and sewing a few proto-type designs of skirts and polymorphic garments for my own personal use. It wasn’t long before I was sewing designs to spec for others, creating a global conga line of clients that contiues to grow as my designs continue to evolve. Honestly, I don’t know how many tees have been given a new and purposeful life but the numbers are growing. –  Haze McElhenny Cerrato

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Don’t forget – EBSQ LIVE tonight at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific

Please join us tonight at 9PM EST (6PM Pacific) in the EBSQ Chat Room for Kris Jean’s EBSQ LIVE presentation on how to recycle junk mail and scrap paper – along with adding petals and other pretties, to make your own artisan paper. It is going to be a comprehensive presentation that will include how to use additives and drying times. It’s time for spring cleaning and this is a unique way to clear out the clutter and it’s certainly more interesting than carrying the recycling and trash to the curb.

When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean
When Daisies Collide - Kris Jean

All the information on this presentation can be found on the Education page. To get there at any time, please click the “Learn” tab at the top of any page on the main EBSQ site. If you have an idea for an EBSQ LIVE presentation, or if you have a question, please drop a line to edu@ebsqart.com.

EBSQ Challenge roundup

This week we have several challenges running. The newest is the Still Life Challenge With Glass Object hosted by Heather Sims. This challenge can be found on the EBSQ Forum in Challenge Central and entries can be posted in the thread there. This challenge is running until midnight March 15th.

We also have the Holiday Jewelry Challenge.  This challenge is running in Artist Made Jewelery and is open for entries until midnight January 25th.

We have a Drawing Challenge running in Drawing and Illustration. For Drawing Challenge II, the subject is drawing fabric. This challenge runs until midnight on January 10th.

Thanks to people who made the first Drawing Challenge a success. These challenges are shorter, are meant more for practice and don’t have formal winners so it was good to see participation. There were challenges – Muriel was without power for a good spell and had to send her entry image via phone to someone else to post and Kari used her cup to hold her tea and therefore kept messing up her reference every time she took a sip.

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno
Kari Tirrell
Kari Tirrell

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Remember,  information on current challenges and where to find them can always be found on the EBSQ Forum at Challenge Central under Member Group, Challenges & General Art Discussions. Be sure to stop by and check it out!