Erin Brie Artwww.ArtPal.com/erinbrieart
I love taking an existing medium and creating something totally unexpected with it, while maintaining the “is-ness” of the medium. I think this obsession comes from two places…my love of texture, pattern and color, and watching my Nana take a housedress and make it into a full apron, then a half apron, then a quilt star, etc. I also believe in repurposing anything and everything possible, and I only use discontinued designer remnants and vintage in my fabric art, and repurposed materials as backgrounds or to make other items. I will also use found objects such as vintage jewelry (broken), tree roots, and beads when the piece calls for it. I use repurposed clothing for my bags, cat toys, pillows and blankets, and really get excited when I have a seam or a button hole or some other interesting feature to use in the design. I think there is an authenticity to using the fabrics as is, and letting the edges be a little hairy. Truth is truth, no matter how expressed, and that is what I try to do with my art.
When I was in third grade, I created a magazine (hand cut and stapled of course) with illustrations of my cat, Muffin, in various outfits and poses. Think cat fashion catalog. My classmates went wild, and just about everyone wanted a copy, even some boys. I was very shy and very weird, so this was a mind blowing event for me. I put off illustration art for many years trying to be “responsible”, and finally realized that creating things that are markedly me is the best life I can live! I write and illustrate children’s books that are simple, sweet and slightly silly, and I love every minute of it. I have always thought in cartoon, and the images constantly running through my head need to be free!
Fabric Art Process
I hand draw my templates, and then trace them onto vintage and discontinued designer remnants only. I hand cut each piece, and then (using NO adhesives) I hand sew each piece to the canvas or stretched fabric until the art work is built. I freehand most of the embroidery stitches, and hand paint the corners or backgrounds. I will NEVER make two pieces the same. I reuse templates I like, but they will always be different.
Fabric Art / Mixed Media