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January Meeting – Ana Sumner Fiber Demo
January 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Images from our January Meeting on January 3rd at 6pm at PSOP in Belleville.
Ana Sumner demonstrated her unique mixed media fiber art.
My love of working with fabrics was inspired by both my mother and my husband’s grandmother. As a young girl my mother taught me how to use a sewing machine and we would work on simple clothing projects together. My husband’s grandmother was a quilter, and for a wedding gift she gave us a quilt. Upon seeing the quilt, I realized that there were other possibilities of working with fabrics other than making clothing. The desire to make a quilt was sparked.
In 1995 my family moved to North Carolina where I finally had an opportunity to learn quilting at the local quilt store. One of the classes offered was on creating a crazy quilt. After sharing all the artistic, embellishing and supply possibilities to create a crazy quilt, the teacher said “go and create”. I, like so many, was use to following a set of patterns or rules created by someone else to create anything. I was in my mid-40 and was surprised at myself at the insecurity that the teacher’s words gave me. But being a good student, I obeyed and created a crazy quilt with a scenery of my favorite place “the beach.” I was pleasantly surprised at my creation. It was through this crazy quilt that my creative spirit was awakened.
In 2007, and after much exploration of fibers and techniques, I began working full time in my home business, Sew Unique Art, where I create mixed media fiber art.
Landscapes, ocean scenes and gardens are just a few of the things I enjoy representing with fibers in art. In constructing an art piece, I use a variety of techniques. I painted on fabric with watercolor or acrylics. The designs are created by either manipulating photos, drawing, appliqué, free motion drawing, hand stitching, or quilting. I then embellish my art with silk ribbons, specialty threads and fabrics, and beads. I find it challenging to explore the ways I can use fibers to represent the world that surrounds me.
I have exhibited in area galleries; art festivals, and I also teach and speak. These are wonderful venues where I can free my soul to express the magnificence of the creative spirit, as well as to be able to re-acquaint adults and introduce young people to the traditional arts of sewing, quilting and needlework in a new, fun, and artistic way.
I am celebrating ten years of sharing my art. I have just currently moved to Southern Illinois, and I am thrilled to continue the journey of creative expression.