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Sylvia Walworth, M.A., ATR-BC

Eastport, Michigan
p: 231 599-3065
e: sylwalworth@charter.net

ARTIST BIO

I create pieces of work which are referred to as fiber art. Since I was a child, I loved working with yarn, thread, and fabric. I sewed, knitted, crocheted, and did various types of embroidery. Most of my efforts, I perceived as practical but I had a constant desire to embellish my work, try a harder pattern, play with color, and create challenges. This playing with fiber and color has been a constant avocational focus in my life.

I began to appreciate the power of art as I pursued my career as a mental health counselor. I was so taken with the expression of emotion in my clients' art work that I got myself educated and registered as an art therapist. I currently teach art therapy classes for graduate students in university counseling programs, and I conduct workshops in color theory, and in art therapy processes which utilize fiber--and I create fiber art. My works are exhibited in art shows and available at several area galleries. I curate art shows. My avocation is now a primary focus in my life.

I weave, I quilt, I paint. I have meandered through various artistic stages. I created a series of kimonos, playing with color and embellishment. I then created a set of quilted wall hangings of women wearing kimonos. I worked with a process of circles and line design, and did another series of wall hangings which featured abstract color changes, and various natural scenery themes. I have done tapestry weaving, including some Navaho style pieces. Using a small floor loom, I have woven scarves and other items, experimenting with pattern and thread/yarn combination. I'm influenced by the natural beauty which surrounds me, and have done a series of painted quilted wall hangings of various flowers. I see all of my work as having emotional and spiritual aspects. Sometimes, the pieces evolve from trauma or concern. The pieces often consider fear or loss but I think these fears are not readily evident. More often I think my art and I find relief in color and pattern, and in the beauty of a single flower or the grace of a simple line or space. I would add that I love the touch of fiber art, the feel of it in my hands. I want my fiber art to be touchable. I want it be useful, and in touch with life. I want it to endure as fiber has endured. I want it to be familiar, that is of the family. I want my fiber art to make a statement as to the fragility of life and to its endurance and beauty. A very tall order considering most of it starts with a single thread.