Carol Ann Waugh
“Unique” is a description often overused in the art world, but in my case, the motivation to be stretching toward new and original outcomes is an underlying factor in my work.
When people see my work they always say “I’ve never seen anything like this before!” That’s when I know I have achieved my goal of being unique.
The last 10 years of learning to work with fabric and stitch have given way to experimentation and curiosity that is always the driving force behind my art.
My inspiration often comes from the endless question: “What can I do to take this piece somewhere new, somewhere different than others have gone before?”
My current work hints at the mixing of geometric and organic textures with layer upon layer of complex surface tension. It’s about exploration where unexpected connections and juxtapositions can lead to new ideas and artistic expressions.
I enjoy not having complete control over the outcome of my work and as I layer, create each line, shape or pattern, add or take away color, and stitch, the decisions made after each step change the options for the next decision. It’s why making art is so intriguing and something I am driven to do every day.
For me it is a great day, when I am in my studio, sharing new inspirations with visitors or seeing the efforts of my imagination take unexpected and unique forms right in front of my eyes. When I see another way to stretch the definition of fiber art, that’s when I feel excited about what I am doing. I am also an enthusiastic Craftsy instructor.
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