Friday, January 29, 2010

Artisan Feature Spotlight: Splendiferous Fiber

I've decided to feature some very talented Artisans I've "met" through the very special "Handmade" community!! This will be a feature I'm adding to my Blog hopefully every two weeks! So, be sure to stop by often to see the next Artisan Feature Spotlight!

Would you like to be featured on my Blog? I'll be randomly selecting the next Artisan Feature from the comments left on this post!

First Artisan Feature Spotlight #2 of 2010 - Splendiferous Fiber

"Icy Trees Square Hand-painted Silk Scarf"

Wendy is the owner and talented artisan of Splendiferous Fiber ~ Wearable Art and Accessories. She has been creating for as long as she can remember, even earning sewing and dress-making badges in the Girl Scouts (a few years ago she says)!

Wendy creates the most beautiful hand-painted and hand-dyed scarves, and beaded mini-bags/purses, totes. She says she gets most of her inspiration from her natural surroundings, and also from her personal photography. She is also inspired by the fabrics and materials that she uses.

Mardi Gras Mask Mini-Purse

"When painting and dying, there are always elements of chance", says Wendy, "once the paint has dried or the dye has batched, you see your work for the first time and it's always like opening a surprise gift!" This, she says, is her favorite thing about what she does. She also likes seeing her projects come together as she assembles them.

When asked what her biggest challenge is as an artist, she simply says TIME; a common challenge for most artisans. Wendy says, "I finally have two consecutive days that allow me enough time to dye and rinse some rainbow scarves!" When she finds some EXTRA time, she'd like to better her skills at free-motion quilting and also get into making fused glass. However, she says she might have to have her house re-wired, and not having enough space doesn't allow for another craft right now!

Ballerina Fairies Tote or Dance Bag

Wendy's favorite item she's created is a rainbow velvet scarf. "I wear it all of the time. It's great advertising and I've gotten commission work from it", says Wend
y. When asked to give other sellers a piece of advice, she simply says, "find something unique to create."
My favorite creation from Wendy is her Silver Dew Hand-Painted Silk's my favorite color!

Silver Dew Hand-Painted Silk Scarf

Some other interesting information about Wendy: She is a fiber artist, and she has won several awards (you can find more information on her Fotki site regarding these awards). She has an art quilt that was juried into the new book, 500 Art Quilts, which w
ill be in bookstores in March! Be on the lookout for that! She has two pieces in a fiber show at Bluebonnet Swamp in Baton Rouge which can be seen through February 7th, in addition to other shows around the country (see her Blog for more information). Wendy also designs and sews costumes for the local youth ballet. Wow, no wonder she has very limited time!

Just in time for the Superbowl, and the New Orleans Saints' first appearance, the Fleur de Lis mini-purse

Something that many people don't know about Wendy is that she holds a BFA and an MA. She also studied Russian in high school when everyone else took up Spanish or French! However, she says she only remembers a few phrases now!

For more of her work, visit her online shops:
Find more information about Wendy and where she will be for upcoming events be sure to visit her websites:


2 Virgos Designs said...

Wonderful introduction to Wendy and her fabulously gorgeous work!

DebiDeaux said...

Beautiful work! I'm quite fond of that FDL mini bag!

Sedilu said...

Oh what wonderful products! The intro was awesome too. :) Good job to both!

Dinnetta -

wlstarn said...

Thank you for featuring my work (but I don't do handpainted glasses, just handpainted scarves)!
Keep warm this weekend,

Hurricane Pottery said...

Hi, Amanda, great article! I love Wendy's bags; I don't dress up to go out very often,but if I did, I'd want one of these. (Now, my daughter and daughter in law could definitely use one!) The silk scarves really appeal to me, too!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful feature Amanda! Her items are wonderful.


Merry said...

A lovely feature about Wendy. I love so many of her items.

Embellished Bayou said...

What beautiful items! I love the Mardi Gras and Fleur de Lis purses!

CBLandCO. Jewelry And Gifts said...

Amanda, wonderful post about Wendy! I love the "Silver Dew" silk scarf, just gorgeous!

mamaslittlemonkeys said...

I love wendy's work! And she's an awesome lady too! :)


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