She has a great sense of humor and we just hit it off! Since then, we have run into each other at several events, COVAC meetings and most recently a show at the Art Access Gallery in Bexley when there was an opening reception for Frank Hobbs, Rosy Avoscan and Joe Lombardo…great Tuscan inspired art. We seem to pick up wherever we left off and I was super psyched that she knew and introduced me to one of the three featured artists, Rosy Avoscan (who I hope to interview soon along with her hubby, Frank Hobbs)
I work in fiber; I concentrate on fabric, whether it’s art quilts, original clothing, or jewelry. Sometimes I feel like I have a split personality; my art quilts and my clothing line. But really, it all leads back to the fabric. One expression is more passive, hanging on view until someone engages with it. The other is more direct, for you put on the artwork in the form of a dress or a piece of jewelry, and you are now part of the artwork. It’s a little bit “in your face”, because you’re taking the artwork to the viewer, rather than waiting for them to find the art.
I love her description of what inspires her artistically so let’s read her own words!
Remember sitting down at a piano as a child, and plinking out the notes to “Heart and Soul” with a friend? One plays the lower tune over and over, and the other plays the melody, then you both start to improvise a little, changing the rhythm and music until it becomes something else entirely.
Much of my work starts with that same idea: one friend providing a photo from a vacation, or a bit of original art, and allowing me to play a melody on top. After awhile, the melody changes and the original work becomes something new that I might not have expected. I love that surprise, when the rhythm changes and the work sings out in a new voice.
She likes to play with fabric….the touch, colors, malleability, using her fabrics like paint, placing them on the surface to express her thoughts, recall a moment, or evoke a response. ‘I feel in command of the fabric, and confident that I can mold it to my intent.’
There are physical layers to a quilt according to Tammy: the backing, the batting and the top, decorative layer. Then, there are the layers of thought, experience and emotions that occur before she finishes a piece. She then shares some of these layers with the viewer in her choice of title, or with the text she embroiders. Text that is important to understanding can be clearly read. Other thoughts were important to her process, but are not as integral to the final work. These are expressed with text that may be difficult to read, but she hopes rewards the viewer for the effort with another layer of background.
There are always a few layers that she keeps inside myself, that she may share face to face, but can’t express otherwise. Some layers are too personal and may remain hidden forever, even to her. Others I discover only when I respond to a viewer’s question; it’s a little surprise, forgotten, but on an inner level always known. That is my reward, to find these small truths in the layers