4th Friday Prescott Art Walk
Adriene Buffington – “Beautiful Pieces”
Friday, February 28 through March 25
Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery is excited to present the fiber art & mixed media of our guest artist, Adriene Buffington.
Brief Description: ArtQuilts & Jewelry– dyed & stitched fabric, torched & wired glass. “I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember – stitching contrasting pieces together to make something beautiful. I believe it is an act of worship to celebrate the life and the gifts which God has graciously given.”
Meet the artist on Friday, February 28 with a reception for Adriene Buffington on Prescott’s 4th Friday Art walk from 5-8 pm.
Refreshments will be served. Music provided.
The show runs from February 28 through March 25. The gallery is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm.
Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery 134 S. Montezuma, Prescott, “In the Heart of Whiskey Row.”
My artwork embodies my delight of spontaneity and fascinating relationships.
I have been a fiber artist for decades, working primarily with fabric and thread. Glass and wire are newer materials for me, but the aesthetic and creative processes are consistent. In both my art quilts and my jewelry, I choose combinations of colors, textures and shapes that are sophisticated and dynamic.
Every single piece I make is unique, because I love the challenge of design and improvisation as much as I enjoy the labor of crafting a new creation. I usually begin with a focal piece, whether it is my hand-dyed fabric or one of my own lampwork glass beads. I choose complementary materials from an extensive stash of fabric or beads, seeking a variety of textures, colors and values. I integrate this assortment of elements with thread or wire to form a unique, organic work of art. I adore meticulous detail work, while attending to the composition and form of the whole piece.
My intention is to contribute small bits of beauty to the world, and to share my joy with those who view and wear my creations.
About my jewelry:
The main beads are my own lampwork glass. I am relatively new and still developing skill as a bead artist, but I am confident in my personal style and ability to produce interesting pieces. I work with 104COE glass rods on an oxygen/propane torch. My beads are kiln annealed and properly cleaned. Additional beads are various sizes of glass seed beads and other small stone and glass beads. I use an assortment of wire, including silver-plated and copper, as well as quality non-tarnish color over copper core. Pendants and earrings are made using various wire wrapping techniques and only a few pre-made components and findings. Most pieces feature my signature hand-knit wire and seed bead ‘chains’, which are lightweight, flexible and comfortable. Jewelry is designed for occasional wear and while it is not considered fragile, glass beads can break and wire can be bent out of shape. I do all the design and construction myself, using hand tools, in my home studio.
Name: Adriene Buffington
Art Medium: Mixed Media Art Quilts
Inspiration comes to me in a flow of curious creativity. In many ways, the materials I use are the source of my ideas: the texture of hand-dyed fabric, the potential in a spool of variegated thread, the joy of playing with paint and beads; they sing to me and invite me to dance. I love the processes I’m using in my small fiber art pieces: the rhythm of free-motion stitching, the adventure of seeing what happens when I play with paint, the intimacy of hand sewn beads and embroidery. It gives me joy to transform a scrap of ordinary fabric into something precious.
My newest pieces are both stitched paintings, and painted quilts. Many of them are small scale: around 5”x7”. I work in a set of 6-12 pieces, starting with a half yard or so of my hand-dyed fabric. I draw with thread using a sewing machine: doodling organic lines and shapes in a mix of colors. Machine quilting creates a textured surface, which I paint with metallic, transparent and opaque acrylics and markers. Then I may add more stitching, beads, trapunto or embroidery. My small pieces are framed or mounted for display.
I hope my artwork fascinates you and sparks as much joy as it does for me.