Katie Gingrass Gallery

Martha Fieber

My art is both subtle and complex, but at the same time it gives a calming effect. It’s about texture, technique, pattern, and detail. Each work includes layers and layers of stitching to create shading and depth. Peace, natural beauty, color, and light are a significant part of my work. I use nature scenes to express these feelings and elements of my work. I want to encourage the viewer to appreciate life in the moment, to slow down and take a breath, to bring the outdoors into everyday life. I want to preserve and show the beauty of our outdoor world. I have been working with fiber since I was old enough to handle a needle. In 1999, I gave up engineering for art. It has been a joy to me to create original embroideries and work with fiber for my second career. My education in engineering is an integral part of my success in planning and executing the complex and detailed landscapes and weavings that have kept me fascinated for the past 10 years. I use all kinds of threads, fibers, and colors to create depth and texture in my work. Single strand silk, rayon, metallic, and/or hand dyed cotton threads, on linen and silk backgrounds comprise most of my current work. I use only 4 types of stitch, straight stitch, French knots, couching, and chain stitch, to achieve the incredible depth and perspective you see in my work. I am painting and weaving my own backgrounds with fabrics, fibers, yarns, and ribbons. “Nature has infinite variation and beauty. With such a vast resource, inspiration is unlimited”.