“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last thought life
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
My inspiration for creating fairies comes from the quote above of Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and author from the early 20th century.
My childhood was filled with adults that saw the beauty of the natural world and taught me to keep alive this inborn sense of wonder.
It is my hope that each fairy, unicorn, or dragon I create will encourage and nurture this sense of wonder.
Whether you are 6 or 96, I hope my creatures will kindle your imagination, inspiring you to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world, and play.
Ellen Lewis, Fiber Artist
Fabric Inspirations by Susan Davis
Susan first learned to sew in 7th grade Home Economics, graduating quickly from pot holders to skirts. She honed her skills using her mom’s old machine–her advice, encouragement and patience were invaluable! Susan, after years of sewing most of her own clothes, bedspreads, curtains, slip covers, and gifts, eventually burned out and put the sewing machine in the back of the closet.
Around the year 2000 Susan’s fingers started itching to sew again. She bought a new sewing machine, some quilting books, took some fascinating classes and has never looked back. Currently, Susan is not interested in sewing clothes, but does find great pleasure in sewing almost everything else. She finds sewing delightfully creative and finds using patterns as well designing her own creations equally fun and challenging.
Like all quilters, Susan loves exploring quilt/fabric shops, but is also drawn to working with recycled jeans, silk ties, men’s shirts and wool sweaters— often combining these materials until pleased with the effect. Susan is am so fond of using found metal objects in her wall hangings.
In closing, Susan feels she is blessed to have had a mother who taught and encouraged her. Susan is also happy to have found Artistica, initially working as a guest artist, then becoming a full partner in 2014.
Hand dyed and Handwoven Wearable Art by Debbi Cooper
My career as a fiber artist began at a very early age. Enchanted by my mother’s knitting & crocheting I “borrowed” her yarn and needles and taught myself. The idea that I could create something unique & fashionable was very exciting. As an adult I combined these two loves and added a third, fiber dyeing.
My philosophy in my clothing is to focus on creating interesting cloth. The handwoven pieces are created using 5 & 15 different yarns. All of the yarns are different: shiny/dull or thick/thin or bumpy/ smooth. This creates a cloth that is much more interesting.
The dyed cloth is similar in philosophy. There are layers of color instead of just one. I use a Japanese technique know as “shibiri” a more sophisticated method. It is my hope that you will find as much pleasure in wearing these cloths as I have had in making them.