Five Fiber Friends

Five Fiber Friends
Diane Cadrain
Trish Hodge
Mickey Lawler
Kate Themel
Diane Wright
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Five Fiber Friends

Diane Cadrain // Trish Hodge // Mickey
Lawler // Kate Themel // Diane Wright


August 1 - September 21, 2014

Artists Reception August 3, 2014, 2 to 4 pm
Diane Cadrain
The natural world inspires Diane Cadrain’s work by offering constantly-refreshed images of arresting loveliness. Tolstoy said, “Love all creation...love every leaf.” In that spirit, Diane attempts to create images that combine fragility with strength and the evanescent with the eternal. Her fiber art, which has appeared nationally and internationally, and which hangs in several private collections, includes hand-painted fabric, felting, knitted embellishments, hand embroidery, and beading. Diane and her husband, Joseph Rubin, live in West Hartford, Connecticut and are the parents of three daughters.
Trish Hodge
For Trish, the message is in the medium: textiles, which offer a very rich, human, and complex palette. Her process begins by looking deeply into the fibers, dyes, and motifs of the fabrics. The textiles come first and they inspire the artwork. While living in North Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia she has come to know and admire many weavers, designers, and batik artists. In Sumatra she intensively investigated Indonesian batik, culminating with her master’s degree thesis, "Indonesian Batik Design: Transmitter of Culture."
Mickey Lawler
Mickey Lawler began making quilts in 1968, and in 1983 started painting landscape and textural types of fabric, subsequently creating SKYDYES, a business specializing in painted fabrics. Her exhibits in quilting and surface design include the CT Commission on the Arts, Fabric Gardens (Japan), and the Full Deck Project (Smithsonian), and she was the featured artist at the San Diego Quilt Show and the Vermont Quilt festival. Author of Skydyes: A Visual Guide to Fabric Painting, an instructional DVD on Landscape Painting, and Skyquilts, Mickey has been in demand as an enthusiastic instructor of her serendipitous style of fabric painting for the past 25 years.
Kate Themel
Kate Themel is an award-winning fabric artist and teacher living in Cheshire, CT. Kate earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts degree 1992 and began using fabric as an artistic medium in 1996. Over the years, she has developed a distinct, painterly style in her compositions but remains linked to the quilting world by her use of simple, traditional materials: cotton fabrics, batting and thread. Kate has created custom pieces for individuals and corporate clients and her unique fiber pieces have been exhibited in art galleries and museums from Boston to Botswana.
Diane Wright
Diane studied art as career and family allowed. For many years she focused on representing Australian Aboriginal Artists to venues in the US, developing a lecture series for art educators. Her own work in fabric, noted for its use of color and original design, is inspired by nature and her years lived in Japan and Australia. Diane’s work has toured in international juried exhibits and is sought by collectors in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Currently, she lives and works in Guilford, CT where she is a member of Studio Art Quilt Association, Connecticut Women Artists, Sisters in Cloth and the Shoreline Arts Trail.