Fiber Arts

Julia Gabriel

Julia Gabriel

Julia Gabriel received her BFA in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked with a variety of materials from glass to metals in school, but never any fibers until she started her own studio. Gabriel designs handmade accessories with striking geometric silhouettes in a bold palette based on the architectural principle of the Golden Ratio. She also has a history in ballet which also influences her decisions in structure and composition. Her studio is based in Houston where everything from dying to cutting to sewing is done by hand, and made-to-order.

Above: Julia Gabriel, “Square Crossbody.” Canvas and leather. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jenne Giles

Jenne Giles is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art. She received her B.A. in Art and Art History from Rice University in 1997. After working professionally in the arts and trades, she began her own business, Harlequin Feltworks, in 2007. Her enterprise is dedicated to creating unique pieces of wearable art that combine her love for painterly color, sculptural form, folk art and costume. Jenne is thrilled to be working at felt’s cutting edge of fashion and design.

Jenne Giles, “Coral Scarf.” Felt. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

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Delaney Smith

Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation and transformation through repetition. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013, and is currently an artist member of Box13 Artspace.

Above: Delaney Smith, “Backyard Series #10 “ Tracing paper, natural ink dyes. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Rena Wood

Working primarily with textile materials and processes, Rena Wood’s work gives physical form to the ephemeral sense of memory. Often using vintage materials, she combines her own history with that of a previous maker. The time Wood spends working is marked by each stitch, each knot and each repetitive act of her hands. She constructs and deconstructs materials to show suspension: formation and ruin, remembering and forgetting, the passage and stopping of time.

Above:  Rena Wood, “Shibori Scarf.” Silk. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.