mandi smethells

sculptural mixed media fiber art

 

I have begun to see weaving and fiber work as a language. After three years, and countless hours spent at the loom, I have discovered ways to express myself and my passion for sustainable materials through the language of textiles.

 

My work is an examination of dimenisonal texture created through weaving as the basic structure, but adding sculptural qualities with fiber, leather, fabric, and wood. My favorite part of the process is documenting through photography how natural light illuminates and reveals the beautiful textures created through the layering and manipulation of the various materials.

 

I also enjoy sharing the skill of weaving on a frame loom, and have been teaching basic weaving classes in Minneapolis for two years.

 

Mandi Smethells

St. Paul, MN

 

 

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