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Amelia Islander

Fabric Art Evokes Energy

Mar 18, 2013 02:00AM
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Fabric artist Patricia Sheppard is fascinated by textures, and she doesn’t like to follow rules. When asked to describe how she makes her pieces, she explains that every piece tells a story and therefore each piece is distinctive and created differently. Sheppard uses a wide array of fabrics and textiles, by sewing, cutting, knitting, and whatever she has to do to make her art come alive.

“My first project was making clothing from wide ribbon for my Toni doll. Color and texture fascinate me-- I can almost feel color,” says Sheppard.  “All of my work can be recognized by the energy it evokes--there is color, texture, movement.  If my things are hanging with more typical fabric or knit work, people stop at mine and go "Oh!"  And stand and look for a while-- there's always more to see.”

Her first commissioned project was a wall hanging entitled “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, for Wolfson’s Children Hospital at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Because her specialty is telling stories through her art, she is commissioned frequently to create items that tell the history of a family, for instance.

For more information on her fabric art, Sheppard can be reached by phone at (904) 557-8884 or by email at [email protected]