“Preserving Americana series”

Wendy Carpenter

Barrel Rim Sculpture

“Preserving Americana Series” #2

My woven fiber wall sculptures and hangings reveal my personal expressionism style derived from nature and culture, expressed in form, color and tactile fiber materials.

“Barrel Rim” fiber sculpture is part of a series called “Preserving Americana!” I am re-purposing old farm tools and household items to create fiber art sculptures in honor of our ancestors’ lifestyle on the farm in the early 1900’s.

The panel is woven with hand woven fabric made by the Mayan Women of Guatemala. It is 7’ long with a 18” barrel rim.

16" 7'
16″ 7′

$950

 

“Preserving Americana” series by Wendy Carpenter”

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Preserving Americana

Wendy Carpenter
Chenille from the Farm
“Preserving Americana Series” #1
My woven fiber wall sculptures and hangings reveal my personal expressionism style derived from nature and culture, expressed in form, color and tactile fiber materials.

“Chenille from the Farm” sculpture is part of a series…Preserving Americana!  I am re-purposing farm tools and household items from the early 1900″s into fiber sculptures, and thus preserving our ancestors’ lifestyle on the farm. The 18″ x 8′ sculpture is constructed with a hand woven 50-foot long inlay panel.  The panel is 6-inches wide and woven on a inlay threading with an old chenille bed spread.
The tractor blade mount extends  out from the wall in a soft circular motion. The panels are constructed around the mount and through a lower steel rim. I re-purpose these old farm objects to create new life and preserve fond memories of a lifestyle once very prevalent through the Mid-West region of the USA.
$3000

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Clothing Designs- 2014- Wendy Carpenter

Wendy Carpenter models some of the finished clothing designs for 2014 including: the Jaspe Indigo Dress, the Tie-Back Tunic Top and the Jaspe Weave Jacket.

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Jaspe Indigo Dress, Wendy Carpenter modeling
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Jaspe pattern close up, Wendy Carpenter modeling!
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Jaspe Weave Jacket front view, Wendy Carpenter modeling!
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Tunic Tie-back Top, Wendy Carpenter modeling!
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Tunic Tie-back Top, Wendy Carpenter modeling!
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Jaspe Weave Jacket back view, Wendy Carpenter modeling!

Mural Weaving Class #5 at the Clearing! July 2015

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Weaving a mural! Some weaving experience is necessary for this collaborative mural project.

The composition will depict Jen Jenson’s “absolute” for a piece of property that would best suit his vision for the clearing, “a water view from a high point.” The landscape tapestry will be hand woven on 1’square steel frames and linked together to compose a landscape mural.

Students will search for the perfect landscape view, draw the composition on paper, create a yarn color palette and then weave a tapestry square. The finished mural, up to eight frames, will be donated to the clearing. Off –loom students will be installing the mural and noted for their art work donation. The Clearing will provide the material needed for the project.

Supply list:
Scissors
Measuring tape
Small needle nose pliers and wire cutter
Large eye tapestry needles
Crochet hook, med.
Wendy Carpenter’s woven wall sculpture and large wall hangings reveal her personal expressionism style derived from nature and culture, expressed in form, color and tactile fiber materials. She works in a mix textile medium, incorporates found-objects and weaves on custom designed iron frames.

Wendy use of cultural icons and primitive forms delineates the content through a fiber medium that transmits its meaning to the observer. It is a long path from the concept starting in the mind, passing through the fingers, that in turn manipulates the fibers into a final sculptural form!

Wendy studied fine art at the Evergreen State College, Rio-Grande tapestry weaving in Taos, NM and received her Bachelors of Art degree at the University of Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Wisconsin art grant and has University teaching experience. She exhibits her art work internationally and at her gallery (Interfibers Studio Gallery) established in 1981, Fish Creek WI, Door County.

Off-loom weaving #4, art class with Wendy Carpenter at the Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI    REGISTRATION: www.theclearing.org

Off-loom weaving #4 will include papermaking and weaving!  Students will learn how make paper pulp, pull wet paper with screens and then mold the paper into vessel form to create lamp shades!  Wooden lamp bases will be available to purchase in class.  Students will also experiment with making small tubes with fabric and paper to weave various forms. 

Paper strips can also be made to layer weave on 1’square frames.  Students will focus on frame weaving with paper or/and paper making for lamp forms.  Wendy Carpenter will provide finished art work for examples and all materials may be purchased in class.  Her mixed-media and paper art work can be viewed at www.interfibers.com

Supply list: drawing pad, scissors, measuring tape, crochet hook & large eye needles, large sponge, apron to protect clothing and Playtex gloves.IMG_0567 IMG_0561 IMG_0559IMG_0565

The Second Machine for Sewing


Tomorrow, after I torture myself with another Spanish class, I am going to Guatemala City to pick up the serger machine.

patternsA serger sewing machine hem stitches all the cut edges and gives a professional, finished seam. The machine was donated by the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, WI.

Next? I am thinking about designing a long dress!

Today, I passed an elderly, barefooted, Mayan woman on the street and could tell that my giving her money would not protect her feet. She would simply use the money for something else. When I see someone like this, I don’t like to give them money because it encourages them to beg instead of providing for themselves. This woman was not begging, but was obviously in need…

So, we went shoe shopping!

3/20 update:  I am making progress with developing a more self-sustainable “creating revenue through the arts” project in Antigua. There is a man from the USA living in San Juan del Obispo ( a little Pueblo outside of Antigua) who needs textile house furnishings for his San Juan home. My plan is to leave all of the equipment in San Juan, so at least two of the ladies that I work with can continue working after I leave.  Hopefully it will  help other families in the area as well.  I plan on visiting San Juan again to learn more about the demographics for San Juan.  I have no idea…there may be a lot of foreigners living in San Juan.

Three weeks ago I started alternating my weekly work here with studying Spanish and creating art work.  I need to improve my Spanish so I can have more intimate conversations with my co-works! I am also starting to sell more clothes, jewelry and my fiber sculpture work here in Antigua.  People are starting to come to my home to purchase clothing!!

Creating Revenue through the Arts via Jackets

Fabric Sofa
Fabric Sofa

gtwork1I am starting my sewing project today with Aura Lorena from San Juan De Opisbo.  I purchased 20 bolts of handwoven jaspe fabric from her and we are carefully laying out our new jacket design for 2014. It is a little tricky matching up the different patterns in handwoven jaspe fabric!  We are waiting for the serger to arrive from the States before we can start sewing.  A mission  group from the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is transporting the machine to Guatemala.  My plan is to pick it up in Guatemala City on March 7th.

February 26, 2014 update :
We have started sewing without the serger and will go back to hem stitch the raw edges later on after it arrives… 15 jackets so far are waiting for the serger!  Tomorrow, I am meeting with a woman from Canada that needs a clothing designer …we will see what happens with that!

March 1, 2014 update: 
Today we finished all the jackets and I plan on continuing the sewing project with a new dress design. I went to San Lucas and saw an indigenous woman wearing a beautiful indigo jaspe skirt. She told me that the fabric is available in the San Lucas market, so I am planning to go back to purchase fabric… but this time not on a chicken bus!

The route is through the  mountains… lots of fast, sharp curves, very dangerous! It felt like the bus was going to flip over! Not into it… I’ll have to take a taxi next time!

March 5, 2014 update:
I am taking a taxi on Friday to Guatemala City to pick up the serger machine brought here by a mission group from Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, who have transported it from the States. I hope to also fill a suitcase with jackets and fabric to bring back! I have some of the fabric sorted on the above sofa… my goal is to make 20 jackets! Without the serger, we are sort of at a stand still, so I have been busy with Spanish and salsa classes!