Fiber artists share their inspiration at the Museum of East Texas

Fiber artist Jeanelle McCall talks about her work
Fiber artist Jeanelle McCall talks about her work
Fiber Artist Sylvia Weir describes her technique
Fiber Artist Sylvia Weir describes her technique
Museum patron looks at McCall's pieces
Museum patron looks at McCall's pieces

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The next generation of fiber art isn't anything like you're grandmother's quilting project.

A group of women discussed their inspiring, colorful fiber artistry Sunday afternoon at the Lufkin Museum of East Texas.  Leading the talk, a Lufkin artist whose works are currently being exhibited at the museum.

Fiber art is basically using anything made of fibers, like fabric, to create something, an example being a quilt.

However, Lufkin fiber artist Jeanelle McCall probably won't be seen concocting a quilt.

"I didn't have the patience for traditional quilting because it takes a lot of skill, a lot of time, and perfection," said McCall.

She was inspired by what she saw in fiber art books and magazines.

"Being in Lufkin we don't have the opportunity to be exposed to a lot of different ways of doing things so I just sat there and said I want to do this and I did it," said McCall.

Now, her colorful, original work is on the walls of the Museum of East Texas

"My art is definitely not about perfection. My art is about the essence of what I'm thinking, what I'm feeling, what I see. It's very free," said McCall.

Part of fiber art's appeal is the ease of getting started. All you need is a needle, some thread, and of course, some beautiful fabric.

McCall's friend and a fellow East Texas fiber artist, Sylvia Weir, says getting set-up to work on a project is simple - making it a perfect hobby.

"I like to paint, but that's the kind of thing you have to set-up and it takes a lot more clean-up and dismantling time, but sewing would stay right there waiting for me the next time I had a few minutes free," said Weir.

McCall agrees saying anyone can discover the art of using fiber.

"If you just have a few moments, if you're a mother with lots of kids, and they're gone for an hour or two and you're ready to create something - you can usually complete it in a hour or two," said McCall.

The fiber artists say they're personal techniques sort of evolved organically.  Weir's projects start with a photo she's taken.

"... Do the drawings, and then do the templates and do the stitching," said Weir.

The possibilities are endless.

"Basically not using a pattern - just doing your own thing and that's what you'll see here," said McCall.

Many of McCall's works are on sale with proceeds going back to the Museum of East Texas.

She says anyone inspired by fiber can create with it... all it takes is practice.

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