Meet the artists in the Artist Spotlight and discover something new!
- Main Gallery
- Thursday, February 9, 2017
Chris Stuart (C. Sloan Stuart)
Fiber and Mixed Media
Original Fiber works using fabric (mostly cotton) bits and pieces to create a layered design which is then quilted with various decorative threads in a free motion technique.
Chris also creates collages using paper, fabric and paint on canvas. Chris sells her work at art shows, galleries and gift shops. In addition to her fabric collages and canvas collage, she makes mixed media cards. Chris continues to keep her hand in teaching in elementary schools through an afterschool program called “Kidzart”. She teaches adults also at recreation centers and other venues.
I work primarily in silver, but also in gold, copper, and brass. In my designs, the stones have been as important as the metal. I have looked for an integration of both stone and metal, using stone as a medium, not as an accessory. In 2008 I learned the technique of cloisonné enamel and cloisonné became the focus of my work after that.
The power of color is very meaningful to me. The ancient art form of Cloisonné enamel is the perfect medium for a jeweler, like me, who loves color. It provides me with the interplay, complexity, and subtlety of an unlimited palette. I have taken the medium of Cloisonné that dates to the 6th century B.C., and I have updated it with my contemporary designs, patterns, and shapes. I combine my cloisonné enamels with precious metals and faceted or cabochon stones. I see the enamels, metals, and stones working together to create a finished work that is balanced and pleasing to the eye. As an artist, I strive to express as much beauty and individuality in each piece as possible.
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