Harriet SmithMany of my friends thought I was crazy! Leave a steady job to build clay vessels? Give yourself the chance...
Embryonic in the world of fiber, yet still traveling on the road of creating art.
I design my one-of-a-kind wet felted garments and accessories as if they were the paintings I used to create. Instead of using oil paint to make my statement -I use fiber, silk and dye. The sense of playfulness, whimsy, and color that I employed in my 2-D work has carried over to my wearables. Which just goes to show you can't take the artist out of the art.
I always wanted to be an artist and began painting as a child, copying the paintings of Matisse, Cezanne, and Van Gogh while my friends were at the mall shopping. Later I went on to I study art and design at Syracuse University, got my degree in nursing as my fall back plan, (which came in very handy) and continued studying painting for another 2 years in an independent study program. In addition, I studied with internationally known painters at the Vermont Studio School for many summers.
I was a full time painter for the 13 years that I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina.I enjoyed being in many shows and was fortunate to have had a gallery affiliation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Then the opportunity came that allowed me to follow the life long dream I had of owning property and caring for many farm pets. With this change in my life, my medium changed. The sheep that I was now caring for were to be put to work and my felting began.
The journey continues, as I study more about fiber, take as many classes as I can and develop my line of wearable art.