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Growing up in Michigan, and then moving to the bluegrass later in life, Erin Eldred is currently a fiber artist based in Lexington, Kentucky and is inspired by the various artists who live here. From the moment she learned how to sew, Erin discovered a love for fiber art and she has been doing it ever since.
Lexington Art League (LAL): What is the one thing you hope for people to take away from viewing this piece?
Erin Eldred (EE): A sense of calm and order.
LAL: What inspires you to create your pieces?
EE: A lot of what inspires me are the materials themselves. I'm constantly learning new things when it comes to technique, and with each piece I learn something that sparks an idea for another piece. I have far more ideas than time to actually create them all - the inspiration seems never ending.
LAL: What made you choose this title for your piece?
EE: The title is simply a description of the work - a multicolored geometric pattern.
LAL: Are there any artists that inspire you?
EE: There are so many artists that inspire me, I could obviously never name them all - Shelia Hicks, Kay Sekimachi, and Alexandre da Cunha, to name a few of the more well known fiber artists. There's also a great weaving community on Instagram - Lucy Poskitt, Sarah Neubert, and Liz Robb are a few inspiring artists that I follow.
LAL: What advice would you give to new artists?
EE: Work, work, work. Don't overthink it, and always be open to trying new things.
Be sure to check out Erin’s website www.erineldred.com and her Artist Archive http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/erin-eldred/erin-eldred.
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