Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
Emily Barletta is a Brooklyn artist that began using art as a way to express the emotional and physical trauma she had from a disease that struck her in her early life. She felt isolated during her high school years and discovered the art room – a place she found refuge in. She says from an interview in the book Creative Block by Daniella Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator:
As I developed into an adult artist, making art became the way that I processed and expressed all of my feelings, not just the ones about physical pain. It’s the filter through which I see and record all of my life. But when I was young, it was therapeutic, and it saved me.
You can hear an interview podcast here – Emily talks about how her fiber art career unfolded. It’s a great story.
A new school year is right around the corner, so my thoughts are turning towards how I can help my students discover the power of art. If they become more skilled in their art making, that is wonderful. But what I REALLY want them to learn for themselves is how art can help them process their emotions and give them an expressive outlet that is meaningful and personal. This is one of Explore Fiber’s missions – to connect our students to the beauty and power of the thread and the stitch.