Fiber Work

"Kindling," Watercolor, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 4ft x 4ft, 2008

"Intersection," Watercolor, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 4ft x 4ft, 2008

"Converge," Watercolor, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 4ft x 4ft, 2008

"Winged Shell," Watercolor, Ink, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 40"x 40", 2008

"Flight Patterns," Watercolor, Ink, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 40"x 40", 2008

""Linear Weight," Watercolor, Ink, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 40"x 40", 2008

"The Color of Coral," Watercolor, Ink, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 40"x 40", 2008

"Willow Trail," Gesso, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 8' x 10", 2009



“Delicate Balance,” Gesso, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 8″x 10″, 2008

"Scaffolding," Gesso, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 8' x 10", 2009

“Heart Stones,” Watercolor, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 18″x 24″, 2010

"Heart Stones," Detail, Watercolor, Graphite and Thread on Fabric, 18"x 24", 2010

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5 Responses to Fiber Work

  1. Audra says:

    I like the bug and peacock one.

  2. Melodee Crawford says:

    The astounding beauty, the subtlety of these….it’s like unconsciously catching your breath because you are caught off guard by something so astounding. I absolutely adore these and would have them on every wall in place of anything else.

  3. Elise says:

    Hi skyler! I heard you had a blog, and I’m glad i found it. These fiber works are wonderfully done and inspiring. I’ve always been so drawn to your aesthetic. I hope you are well!

  4. nga smith says:

    Your fiber work is my favorite. I never understand how you and other artists can draw and paint on fabric. Could you tell us briefly how it is done?
    Thank you. nga

    • Skyler McGee says:

      Hi Nga. Thanks for the comment. These works are done primarily on a cotton fabric such as muslin. I prepped the surface with a clear medium called “matte medium” by painting it on the fabric and letting it dry. This gave the fabric enough tooth to hold the graphite and the watercolor. After that it was as simple as sewing the fabric pieces together and stitching through them. Prepping the fabric makes the fabric more stiff, but it holds the mediums better. I finished them by spraying them with a fixative just like you would for drawings on paper. Thanks for your interest and let me know if you have more questions!

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