Felonee Marie Artistry


My name is Felonee Marie Webster. I am an fiber artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Primarily intuitive, experimental, spiritual, and conceptual, my fiber works depict themes of environmental sustainability, personal expression, and social justice. I utilize techniques of crochet, embroidery, sewing, weaving, paper-making, and beading. Inspired by my experience being a Native American female artist. I'm an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (turtle clan) as well as the Stock-bridge Munsee and the Cherokee tribes. At the moment, I'm expecting my Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Studio Art with an Art History minor in December of 2019 from Alverno College.
My father is a self-taught entrepreneurial professional tattoo artist, known as Tattoo Dave, specializing in custom tattoos. I've always admired his work ethic, where he believes to master every tattoo style (or art mediums) in order to accommodate the needs of his client to provide best service possible. He served as my mentor at an early age and had taught me the fundamentals of art at an early age. Later I would come to learn just how art is more than just making, it's a mindset, a way to view the world. Practicing art involves all of the disciplines of math, science, health, technology, even physical education (it does get labor intensive) that "seem" to be so irrelevant. I don't just want to make art but I want to know why is it done, the impacts of looking/practicing, and the impact on cultures throughout time. There is always a story behind a work of art. The story of what it is, how it was made, why was it made for, when/where, and most importantly, how do other people interpret the same thing.
Why fiber arts? I've always tried to understand the principles of fine art disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture in order to eventually break them. Fibers have always inadvertently been my "go-to" medium when I need to relax, express, and eventually experiment. I interpret fibers as 3D line; you can use it to draw lines, paint blocks of color, or even define space. Just depends on how it's used. Most of my works are mistaken for paintings from afar. Many of my materials are either recycled or repurposed to be more environmentally conscious. I have an affinity for texture and I think in pictures. I feel like a scientist sometimes because I can look at a material and think, "hmm...I wonder how this item would look done "this" way/or interact with another material." while visualizing the process in front of me. Sometimes I don't know what my work is about, I just know it needs to be made. Self-discovery has become a regular part of the process post-production. This is deriving by reflection upon myself, the thoughts I had while making it, and input from viewers.