Michele Hardy

Background

Michele Hardy is a full-time studio artist possessing a playful sense of color and form. With her vivid imagination, and inspiration from the real world, she creates intriguing fiber art. Her colorful abstract imagery is heightened by her elaborate threadwork and use of texture. Michele uses a variety of dyed, painted and printed fabrics and an assortment of decorative threads in her work. Originally from New England, she has lived in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Michele now resides in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Statement

I have always loved both color and fabric. As an artist, working in the fiber/art quilt medium allows me to explore the wonders of color and texture using a variety of fabrics, paints, dyes, and lots of thread. I am inspired by all that is colorful and wonderful in our world: rocks, mountains, deserts, oceans, sunsets, outer space, architectural details, my travels, my family, and all the experiences of my life. Currently I am exploring ways to challenge the boundaries of what is considered fine craft and fine art and to bridge that gap by incorporating more familiar and accepted fine arts materials and techniques into my fiber pieces. 

 

The notion of looking out or looking in and seeing a fragment of our world is the current theme in my art, which I explore in several series of nature-based abstractions. My lifelong love of geology and nature has been the inspiration for this work and continues to supply me with an unlimited palette of color, textures, and ideas.

 

Characteristics of my work include strong texture, contrast, and graphic appeal, and vibrant color. The relationship between the colors and shapes is an important part of my imagery, juxtaposing large blocks of color and areas of intricate stitched detail. I portray very definite divisions of what is below or above, upon or within, with clear lines that define the boundaries between them. These can be interpreted as landscapes, cross-sections, and maps of our world, or they can viewed as purely abstract forms, leaving the viewer to their own associations. The choice of color is an important energy in my images since how we view the world often depends on how we color our own personal worlds.

 

Michele Hardy is a full-time studio artist possessing a playful sense of color and form. With her vivid imagination, and inspiration from the real world, she creates intriguing fiber art. Her colorful abstract imagery is heightened by her elaborate threadwork and use of texture. Michele uses a variety of dyed, painted and printed fabrics and an assortment of decorative threads in her work. Originally from New England, she has lived in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Michele now resides in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Process

My technique is a combination of fiber collage, quilting, and embroidery. Spontaneity is an important aspect of my creative process. I use a variety of dyed, painted, and commercial fabrics, many of which are transformed by extensive printing and/or stitching prior to construction. I typically construct a background, arrange and layer images, quilt, then add additional machine embroidery to complete the piece.

 

Michele Hardy

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