© 2015 by Amy Gillespie

I love the intense color and texture achieved by wet-felting raw wool. My wall pieces are at once art, craft and design.  My background lies in fiber, but I’ve always been fascinated by wood. In order to achieve integration between the materials, I allow the wood to set the tone for the piece.  As I use a router to create the channel which houses the felt inlay, my mind is racing with ideas for the color, form and composition the felt will take as I inlay it as cross-sections into the channel. The paint changes the soft nature of the edges of the felt and enhances the color, taking fiber to a more sculptural place. My pieces are screaming to be touched with their color and texture.

My work is considered innovative.  I combine felt, paint and wood. I have developed this process through years of experimentation and exploration.

AWARDS

2019, 2nd place Fiber, Coconut Grove

2019, Invitational award, Old Town

2018, Directors Best Artist of Show, Krasl

2017, Artists' Choice Award, Art Providence

2017, Best in Craft, Belleville

2017, Purchase Award, Gasparilla

2016, Juror Award, ArtCity Austin

2016, Juror Award, Main St Fort Worth

2015, Best Fiber, Craft+Design Show, Richmond

2015, Award of Excellence, Plaza Art Fair

2015, Crested Butte Art Fair, 3rd Place overall

2015, Madison, Invitational award

2015, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Fiber award

2015, Artfest Ft Myers, Merit award

2014, St. Louis Art Fair, Best mixed media

2014, Madison Art Fair on Sq. invitational award

2013, FOFC Highland Park, Best mixed media

2012, St. Louis Art Fair, 2nd place, mixed media

2011, St. Louis Art Fair, 1st Place, mixed media

2009, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Fair on the Square, Best 2D mixed media

2009, Wells St. Art Show, Best 2D mixed media

2008, Kansas City Plaza Show: Best in Show

2008, Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania: Top 10 in Show

 

 

 

Artist Statement

ART FAIRS  (a sampling)

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show: 2019,2017,2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

  • Cherry Creek Art Festival: 2014, 2013, 2011

  • St. Louis Art Festival: 2019. 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • ACE: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014

  • Main St. Ft. Worth: 2017, 2016. 2014, 2012

  • Long's Park Art Fair: 2011, 2010

  • Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008

  • Washington Craft Show: 2013, 2012

  • Lakefront Festival of the Arts: 2015,2012

  • Germantown Craft Show: 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Paradise City:2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011

  • Des Moines Art Festival: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012, 2009

  • Madison: 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2009

    

GALLERY SHOWS

"150x150", group show Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA. 2012,2011,2009

"Three Muses", group show Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston, Ma. Feb. 2012