Passion for Fabric… Beyond the pattern
It is with great sadness that we announce that Nomad Sally passed away, July 7, 2021. Her passion and creativity live on in her work. Her spirit will never be lost. She was a unique and very talented artist and our valley will miss her tremendously.
Fabric has fascinated me ever since I was able to hold scissors. This fascination for fiber took on international dimensions when I participated in a student exchange program in Guatemala. The Peace Corps service in the Chilean Andes was focussed on cultural study grants in Pakistan, Bolivia, and Guatemala. I was impressed by the native women artisans in these areas — dyeing, weaving and embroidering complex and exotic designs. ~ Nomad Sally
I appreciate the sense of freedom that art embodies to allow me to tell a story with fiber and stitching. Textile collage, incorporating fragments of cloth from every possible source, particularly from ethnic fabrics, characterizes my wearable creations.
The intricate and beautiful fiber work of peoples from all over our planet – embroidery of the Miao and Dong People of Southwest China and Tribal Areas of the Middle East, Shibori of Japan, India and China, weaving of the Maya and Andean regions, and batik from many areas – inspire me to design my own clothing to honor the works of these passionate and talented artisans.