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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Lee

Fiber Arts Boot Camp

One of my favorite songs is Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald. I love the song because it talks about materials (i.e., muslin, cardboard, and paper.) Thanks for playing along and make-believe in the stuff that I make. I think in life we are always learning many skills. Some we pick up, and others we lose. We gather the ones that resonate with us and keep on doing the work we love.

Three months ago, I didn't know how to knit, sew, and crochet. I had learned how to do it from an instructional book or a workshop, but I would forget. Thanks, Carly Chubak, for her incredible Fiber Arts course for ArtCenter Extension. I not only learned how to crochet, knit, sew, I learned how to dye fabric, create a pattern for a sewing project, weaving, embroidery, and so much more!

A teacher makes all the difference in the world. I had the freedom to combine what I love and know best with fiber art. I applied what I know about 3D printing, experimented with cyanotype, and told stories with puppets using stop-motion animation.

I made a food diary of what I wish to eat to explore the intersection of food and art. I combine my life experience with camping and made bugs or creatures inspired by what I saw. I admire artists who found themselves in one subject matter, one medium of expression.

For me, I am inspired by a plethora of subject matters and materials before me. There is an endless parade of exploration and experimentation.

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