Wendy Carpenter established Interfibers Studio Gallery in 1981.The gallery is located in Fish Creek, WI, and open May through October. Her contemporary fine art of fiber for the wall reveal her personal expressionism style derived from borderline “abstract-literal” interpretations. Her artistic specialty is working on commission work for large wall spaces.
From the artist...
I start with making my materials...the process of weaving fabric, making paper, and collecting found objects inspire me to create a form based on the character of the materials. I don’t think about whether this finished art piece is practical or will match current colors. I think about what the art collector might feel when viewing my art!
My artistic talent, that has unfolded over the past 40 years, is creating custom commemorative work and expressions of nature and culture. An expression to honor people, nature, and our differences. I execute this symbolic abstract-literal interpretational art through hand weaved fiber forms, color, and tactile materials. My work 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.
With commission work, it all starts with the art collector's attraction to an art style or character, color, size, and concept! After gathering all this information I provide a drawing, color swatches, and dimensions. The client then has the opportunity to make changes and brainstorm with the artist for further options and possibilities. A price estimate and delivery date are then established.
It is a leap of faith for both artist and collector; however, after creating custom work for 40 years I have never had a disappointed client! A custom designed fiber art wall hanging or sculpture creates a warm of comforting feelings in the home.
My jewelry and clothing line is part of a unique collaborative mission project in Guatemala. We hand cut and polish Jadeite along with sewing garments with the Mayan hand weaved Jaspe' fabric. It represents a project I started nine years ago, entitled, "Creating Revenue through the Arts"...a fair wage project that provides a skill and higher standard of living for the indigenous communities of Guatemala.
Interfibers Studio Gallery-9204 Silk Road, Fish Creek, WI,54212
(920) 868-3580, www.interfibersstudiogallery.myshopify.com
PROFESSIONAL ART STUDIES/EDUCATION:
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
University Wisconsin, Bachelor of Arts degree
Rio Grande tapestry internship, Taos, New Mexico
Wool production internship, Boulder, Utah
Faculty position at Instituto de Allende, San Miguel, MX
Liturgical tapestry grant, Wisconsin Arts Board
Professional artist/gallery owner since 1980
Museum of Wisconsin Art-West Bend, WI
Lakewood Center of the Arts-Lake Oswego, OR
La Antigua Galeria-Antigua, Gt
Fine Art of Fiber-Evanston, IL
Hardy Gallery-Ephraim, WI