From fibre artist to maker of button and knitted wire jewelry: Liz is not unused to such huge leaps. After moving from her native England, eleven years ago, it seemed like a natural progression. Taking a mundane object, such as a man’s tie and reinventing it as a dainty evening purse is just one example of her creativity. To Liz, fine coloured wire knits into a delicate framework for buttons and beads, while buttons begged to be showcased along side pearls and garnets as bracelets, earrings and pendants.
I am constantly inspired by the color and patterns I see around me. I find that I MUST be making something, and the media that sings to me is white fabric and dye. I dye fabric and then use this fabric to make art quilts as well as items I call “Everyday Art”: bags to carry your stuff, silk scarves to drape around your neck: these are all opportunities to create an item that brings joy to the senses of sight and touch. The “quArt” (art quilts to hang on the wall) I make is interactive art…purposefully abstract and mounted for hanging in any direction, to be combined to create larger compositions that can be altered at the whim of the viewer. I’ve also begun working in 3 dimensions, and have created a series of houses made from art quilts. I blog about my artistic process here: candiedfabrics.com/journal/
My motto is “Elegance (with a little fun) is always in style”.
I work mainly with precious and semi precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, gold fill and high quality gold vermeil. I also make a few pieces that are just for fun, which sell for a bit less but are big on style.