Thursday, September 10, 2009

Arizona Landscapes in Fiber • New Works by Mary Jardine

September 12, 2009 - October 21, 2009

Mary Jardine, a popular artist at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery for nearly a decade, presents a brand new body of fiber art in her upcoming featured artist show, “Arizona Landscapes in Fiber.” The show opens September 12th, and runs through October 21st.

Jardine is a fiber artist, known for her “Fabrications”, creating wall hangings and artful scenes, using fabric as her medium. Sewing, quilting, cutting and gluing, she brings together the different colors and textures of the canvas in unusual and delightful ways.

“After taking a class in papier-mache from ‘The Chicken Lady of San Miguel, Mexico’, Karen Letcher, at the Quilters’ Quarters in Cottonwood, I adapted my technique to three-dimensional and sculptural landscapes,” explained Jardine. Many of the materials she uses are recycled---clothing, yarns and silk flowers from the thrift store, discarded newsprint, dried bark, branches, pods, fungi and driftwood from meadows, forests and beaches.

“This new work has added many levels of the creative process to my fiber work, such as the papier-mache techniques of painting, molding and sculpting.”

Jardine, resident of Cottonwood, is a traveler, visiting wilderness and camping in her van,“I absorb wonderful landscape images and retrieve them from memory as I begin each new piece.”
A member of the Jerome Artists Cooperative since 2000, Jardine also exhibits at the The Quilt Store and Gallery in West Sedona.

The opening reception for “Arizona Landscapes in Fiber” is Saturday, September 12 at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, 502 Main Street from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Refreshments and food will be served, and Larry Aker will perform live music for the gallery’s guests.
Jardine's show will run through October 21st.

By Ellen J.D. Roberts

Artwork © Mary Jardine