Heather Kerley Art
About The Artist
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Heather Kerley is a fiber artist living near Washington, D.C. Committed to sustainability, she uses found and upcycled materials in much of her work. Her abstract embroideries using found fabric, such as vintage kimono silk scraps, are developed in an improvisational and intuitive fashion. Her designs "riff" on and transform the existing pattern with an eclectic mix of materials and different stitches. Kerley's abstract compositions in fiber are an extension of her fluid paintings.
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I prefer to approach each piece from a fresh place without preparatory sketches. I choose a piece of fabric and start to think about a palette and first marks to lay down. Then, the work evolves intuitively and improvisationally. This results in very unique embroideries, but I also find that, in going from one piece to the next while also creating my paintings and quilts, certain palettes, shapes, and nature-inspired themes crop up over and over. I finish my piece either in the hoop with a felt backing or I stretch them over a small canvas.