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DALE AND KATHY EGGERT
For over twenty-nine years I have made my living as a self-employed artist and have exhibited my work in juried shows, all over the country. Clay is the medium in which I specialize. People, plants and animals are my focus.
My work is an elemental exploration of raw material; fiber, thread, color, energy and motion. It is a multi layered journey. This 'art for the body' is made using a combination of new, organic, and recycled materials. The techniques I use stretch familiar and ancient motions of working with yarn and cloth in unexpected new directions. Gently worn garments are cleaned and cut apart. The shapes that emerge are sculpted into mantels, scarves, wraps, and wings. The pieces are folded, shaped, knotted, edged, and stitched into free spirited multi-use wearables that transform with the wearer.
“My inspiration comes from exploring life’s surrounding. Whether it is the texture of nature, geometric shapes or the feelings from within, all are a stage of the creative process. Since the year 2000, I have been designing small wearable sculptures. Using sterling silver, gold and semi precious stones, my hand – fabricated pieces are treated with various surfacing techniques such as forging, roller printing and patinas. The results are simple yet complex, industrial yet natural.”
I've been working and creating with leather for 50 years. I'm learning new techniques all the time. Combining color texture and design, I create unique and functional wearable art. I want my handbags to fit as well and look as good as the finest pieces of clothing.
My current body of work is inspired by 19th century ornithological illustrations incorporating details such as eggs, feathers and plant life. The work has evolved to include a series of portraits of individual species devoid of these contextual elements. By placing them in environments that are somewhere between impressionist and abstract, I hope to call attention to the fragility of the environment and the plight of all life forms as climate change alters habitat and food sources.
The simplicity of the triangle, circle, square and line combine in infinite variation on the transparent glass plane to create a third dimension. I take this concept a step further by turning the horizontal plane into a three dimensional object in combination with other materials.
My work is a study of color and design in decorative and functional fiber, utilizing machine piecing and free motion quilting. It is based on a lifetime of sewing and color immersion, and exploration of the relationship between traditional quilting methods and modern materials and techniques.
I have been exhibiting in art and fine craft shows since 2004. My quilts are in the collection of Promega, and have been purchased by patrons across the US, as well as in Europe, Western Australia, and Canada. My quilts have also been exhibited at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.