Earth Art Fiber Works - Sculptural Fiber Art
 
by Deborah Cholewicki

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My work is a reflection of my life and my passion for sculptural forms created from natural fibers. I have always been drawn to the beauty of nature - its bold and rich colors, its movement, its mystery, and its power to transform. and heal. As cliche as it sounds, creating my "earth art" feeds my soul and allows me to express the many facets of who I am and the life experiences that have shaped me. Each one-of-a-kind piece tells a story. 


I love to incorporate unusual "finds" in my work - a funky piece of driftwood or a gnarly, twisted vine. Additionally, I spend a great deal of time selecting hand-dyed and/or hand-spun art yarns that will be combined with other natural materials to create a spectacular sculptural fiber feast! Some of my other favorites include: willow, reed, yucca,, inflorescence, philodendron, and copper.


Currently, most of my work can be seen at Grove Gallery & Studios, an artist co-operative in downtown East Lansing, where visitors will frequently find me working in my on-site studio or fulfilling my responsibilities as manager. My sculptural fiber art has been exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapid, MI), Ludington Area Center for the Arts (Ludington, MI), Ecumenical Center for Arts and Spirituality (DeWitt, MI) and the Lansing Art Gallery ("City Streets" Exhibit). I have taught free-form sculptural weaving workshops for more than 15 years and have been a fiber arts instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for the past two years.


In April, 2014, I was one of four Michigan artists featured in the documentary, "The Art of Art", which explored the creative process of each artist.