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Monday, September 7, 2009

Member Artisan Profile: Splendiferous Fiber

Meet Wendy, owner/artisan of Etsy shop¸ Splendiferous Fiber. Her shop features hand painted scarves, MiniPurses and totes.

She says she has been creating for as long as she can remember. Wendy started sewing her own clothes in the 6th grade and has been, in her words, “a creative clotheshorse ever since.”

Wendy’s favorite aspect of her work is the variety. “It’s always different, seldom boring,” she explains.

Wendy draws much of inspiration from nature, in addition to pure color. A Louisiana resident since 1981, much of work is inspired by local plants.

When asked about her favorite piece, Wendy says she is currently fond of her scarves, especially the bronze oak leaves on sky blue. (pictured below)


Wendy’s biggest challenge is marketing, especially promoting her items to people she doesn’t know.

Her advice for other sellers is to “find a niche (and always color-match your sewing thread).”

Other skills Wendy would like to learn include free motion machine quilting (“I know the basics, but need improvement and a more cooperative machine”) and entrelac knitting.

A talented fiber artist, Wendy currently has eight pieces touring the country in several different shows. She is a two-time time Merit Awardee at Tom Peyton Arts Festival in Alexandria, La.

She also teaches classes at Delicious Art in Alexandria and is the Costume Mistress/Designer for Red River Dance Theatre, also in Alexandria (Nutcracker is November 29 & 30).

To learn more about Wendy and her art:

Visit her Etsy shop: http://www.splendiferousfiber.etsy.com/

Wendy’s blog, which includes exhibition information, can be found at: http://www.splendiferousfiber.blogspot.com/

Her fiber art online photo gallery can be found here: http://public.fotki.com/wlstarn/

2 comments:

  1. I love Wendy's bags. Great job!

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  2. Wendy,
    The bronze leaves on the blue scarf is fabulous!

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