Carol Ann Waugh is an amazing fiber artist and educator. We are thrilled to have Carol Ann as a guest blogger today. We know you’ll enjoy Carol Ann’s beautiful pieces and inspiring words.
"My inspiration often comes from the endless question: “What can I do to take this piece somewhere new and somewhere different than others have gone before?” I typically begin a new piece with many drawings and sketches as well as a desire to try a new process or work with interesting materials.
My current work hints at the mixing of geometric and organic textures with layer upon layer of complex surface tension. It’s about exploration where unexpected connections and juxtapositions can lead to new ideas and artistic expressions. I enjoy not having complete control over the outcome of my work and as I layer, create each line, shape or pattern. It’s why making art is so intriguing to me and something I am driven to do every day.
I don't have any secrets about how I create my art. Since I teach thousands of students every year, I always tell them everything, from the exact products I use to the brands of needles and thread that are my favorite (Superior, of course!). I am a big believer that teachers need to be open, honest and transparent so students don't leave the class with half the real story!
I have many different threads from Superior and my go-to thread is Bottom Line polyester thread. I use this almost exclusively in my bobbin for all my work. Beyond their high-quality thread, I like the company. I love supporting family-owned and operated business. Superior has done a wonderful job in educating consumers about thread as well and I appreciate that effort.
My advice is to experiment. The quilting world is full of rules about how to make a perfect quilt. I've never been much for following rules. If there is truly only one perfect weight and type of thread to piece together fabrics, we surely wouldn't have all the wonderful choices we have today. The same goes for fabrics. Perfect commercial red? Wow. If that were true, I'd have to become a fabric dyer to get all the shades and tints I want!”
We love the amazing art Carol creates. You can see more of her talent on her website.
Images courtesy of Carol Ann Waugh