A pre-Civil War mill is a grand place for a textile artist’s studio. Outside my window is the river, rocks, and wildlife, which have inspired many of my handmade felt pieces.
Inside are reminders of the past, which has let to a new series based on weathered, rusted surfaces. Transforming dyed, unspun wool and silk into something new is a joy.
Sharron Parker received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying education, art, and interior design. She continued her studies in textiles at Penland School of Arts and Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
In 1980 she began working in handmade felt, after seeing 2,500-year-old felts from an archaeological dig in Siberia. The simplicity of the process – working combed wool in hot water until the fibers lock – provided the chance to work spontaneously and experiment with a technique few contemporary artists were using.
You can see more about Sharron and her work on her website: www.sharronparker.com