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A frequent contributor to the Explore Fiber Blog, Lu Peters is an art quilter, wearable artist, and mixed-media fiberartist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and local and national shows.
Her mixed-media fiberart work combines collage, painting, dyeing, image transfers, and embellishment. Inspired by her appreciation of the Japanese aesthetics in simple architectural style and modular clothing, Lu interplays texture, color, organic and geometric shapes in her abstract fiberart.
Her art quilts and wearable art have garnered numerous awards for design and have been published in a national fiber magazine and a recently released fiberart book, Creative Image Transfer: Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface, by Lesley Riley and Touching Fiber Arts, a compilation of the Texas Museum of Fiberarts juried exhibits from 2007 to 2011 in Austin, Texas.
Juried exhibits include Materials Hard & Soft, Denton, TX and the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists, the American Quilter’s Society Classic Cars and Trucks Exhibit 2014, the Tactile Architecture traveling exhibit for the International Quilt Association, the American Quilter’s Society Hobbs Fashion Show, the Dallas Area Fiber Artists’ Annual Shows, and the Texas Museum of Fiberart. Gallery shows include the Watson Gallery at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, The Point Gallery at C.C. Young Retirement Community, the Thompson Gallery in Dallas, the Main Street Gallery in Tyler, and the Oxide Gallery in Denton, and the gallery at the First United Methodist Church of Dallas.
She has juried several fiberart shows, including the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists special exhibit at the 2014 Austin Quilt Guild Show, co-juried the First Annual Exhibit for the Eastside Fiber Artists’ group in Tyler, TX and curated two fiberarts exhibits at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, including the Mind’s Eye exhibit which promoted the awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lu is passionate about encouraging the global community of fiber artists through communication and education and maintains a comprehensive website, www.lupeters.com, an extensive resource site for fiber artists. She is also an active member of the Dallas Area Fiber Artists, the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas and the American Sewing Guild, Plano chapter and is a committed volunteer.
My work is heavily influenced by both the Japanese aesthetic and abstract architectural constructions.
I began my life in fiberart in 1974 as I began entering shows featuring my stitchery, appliqué, and free form crochet. I have experimented with weaving, felting, paper making, image transfer on fabric, mixed media techniques which include painting, heat processing, and dyeing. My current work includes the fields of wearable art, mixed media collage, and art quilting, and reflects my background in couture sewing and being a constant student of remarkable fiberart educators.
My sewing machine is the primary tool in my studio. I machine construct most of my fiberart and add hand embellishments with Sashiko hand stitching, beading, trims, and painting. I challenge myself to use unconventional and recycled materials, repurposed textiles and papers, and to alter the surface and texture of common fabrics. For example, I am currently using Tyvek™ and Lutradur®, which are repurposed household construction materials, as fabrics. I also employ many methods of transferring my photographic images onto fabric for quilting.
I feel great reverence for vintage and antique textiles and sewing ephemera as well as traditional techniques such as the making of Japanese Temari Balls. These lovely hand stitched orbs were originally created as toys for Japanese children, made of rags wound into balls, thread covered and hand stitched with intricate patterns. They are now among the many treasured fine crafts that define Japanese art. I construct mine with copious wraps of sewing thread onto Styrofoam balls and use my vast collection of threads to hand stitch simple motifs. I have been collecting Burr Oak acorns here in Texas for several years and have begun to employ the same technique to decorate and embellish them as Temari themed ornaments. Each acorn nut is wrapped in fine wool thread and then stitched and some are beaded, and then reunited with its large cap.