My fiber art explores traditional textile techniques with a contemporary twist. As a native of Finland, my work reflects the Scandinavian sense of simplicity in design. I enjoy the process of weaving and the unique textures that it creates. My motifs vary from abstract to representational images and are often merely suggestive, hinting at shapes and forms. I strive to expand the boundaries of traditional weaving by achieving a more painterly sensibility that weaving alone does not offer. To fully express my artistic intention, I incorporate several different techniques such as dyes, paint, appliqué and stitching, to create a layered, dimensional effect.
My work can be seen at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, where we have open studios first Saturday of every month from noon to 5pm.
-- Tarja Cockell, Fiber Artist
Throughout this exhibition, Tarja's handmade, hand-dyed silk scarves will be for sale directly downstairs from The Gallery at Wish.