Consider This #104 – Art Segment –  Dana Baldwin – Fiber Artist
Consider This #104 – Art Segment – Dana Baldwin – Fiber Artist


[MUSIC]>>I AM A FIBER ARTIST, AND WHAT I DO AND WHAT I ENJOY DOING MOST OF ALL IS CREATING ART FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS. I USE A LOT OF THINGS FROM THRIFT STORES WHERE I TAKE THE UP-CYCLED SWEATER COATS WHICH TAKE 15 TO 25 SWEATERS THAT I CUT APART AND PUT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. I REALLY LOVE DOING THE BIG DRESSES, AND A LOT OF THESE ARE CREATED BY USING RECYCLED MATERIALS OR THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN USED IN OTHER PROJECTS. I LIKE CONCEPTUAL PIECES THE BEST. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ART EVER SINCE I WAS A BABY. I USED TO COLOR MY FATHER’S MEDICAL BOOKS. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A LOVE FOR ART. I TRAINED AS A REGISTERED DIETICIAN, AND IT WASN’T WHAT I WANTED TO DO. SO I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY — I CAME BACK TO PEORIA, AND I THOUGHT IT IS NOW OR NEVER. THE REASON I STARTED DOING FIBER ART IS REALLY MULTI FACETED. I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED WORKING WITH MY HANDS AND USING FIBER. FIBER ART IS MANY THINGS. IT IS NOT GOING TO WAL-MART AND PICKING OUT CHEAP YARN AND KNITTING A BABY BLANKET. FIBER ART IS ANYTHING USING FIBERS. I REMEMBER WHEN I LIVED IN EUROPE SEEING THE MAGNIFICENT TAPESTRIES HANGING FROM CASTLE WALLS. I MEAN THEY WERE — I DON’T KNOW, 40 FEET BY 20 FEET. YOU THINK OF THE BAYOU TAPESTRY, WHICH TAKES UP A WHOLE ROOM. THERE IS JUST — THERE IS JUST A LOT. I HAVE TO CREATE. I HAVE TO CREATE OR I WOULD DIE. IT IS LIKE BREATHING FOR ME. AND TO DO WHAT I HAVE DONE, I HAD TO MAKE SOME VERY, VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS GIVING UP A LUCRATIVE CAREER, YOU KNOW, TOTALLY CHANGING. I NEVER HAD AN ART CLASS IN MY LIFE. SO TO DO WHAT I HAVE DONE IS — YOU HAVE TO BE PASSIONATE. YOU HAVE TO BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT IT. I DO THIS 18 HOURS A DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK. IT IS ALL I DO.

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