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Artist ID: 2356

This is part of a series of pieces that incorporate spinning, weaving, photography, dye process and other mixed media. For example, with “Coneflowers” I began with one of my photographs printed on muslin.

Fabric dye around the edges was used to add more color and further frame the image. Next, dye sticks were applied to emphasize texture and color throughout the image. I unraveled the edges and sewed a border to finish out the subject image. I then warped my rigid heddle loom with various yarns, including those I spun and dyed myself. While weaving I experimented with skipping sections of warp threads in the accent stripe. When finished weaving I decided I liked the texture of the warp threads from the backside better. I placed and attached the image onto the woven structure and then wrapped it around wooden stretcher bars to finish the piece.

Montevallo, Alabama based artist, Michelle McGraw, has spent the last 20 years growing as an artist and a teacher. Her current series combines spinning, weaving and photography to create harmonious imagery with a focus on texture. It is her belief that the creation process of an artist very much reflects that of her Creator. She aims to celebrate that connection through her choice of subject matters and production processes.

She has had work juried into the 2020 Handweaver's Guild of America's Small Expressions Touring Exhibit. She also had work featured in the 2020 and 2021 Shelby County Arts' Council's Adult Juried Art Shows. When not creating she is busy teaching Art at a local public high school. On the weekends she often leads fiber workshops at the Shelby County Arts Council. She believes in pushing her students to develop their style, method and skill level. By encouraging them to investigate materials, process and ideas she often finds those students inspire her to do the same.

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