I’m happiest when I’m making things!

I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that valued creativity and the creative process! I always had access to art materials and my parents never failed to celebrate my creations and nurture my love for the arts.

Although I went on to pursue art in college my path twisted and turned and I ultimately became a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. I loved my work but I never lost my passion to create. I painted and crafted and looked for any excuse to be creative. After 13 years as a working professional, I had a baby girl and as time allowed I became more and more engaged with my creative pursuits.

My interest in textile arts began in 2013 when I decided to hand dye scarves for holiday gifts. I later fell in love with the Japanese art of fabric dying known as shibori and I never looked back!

I primarily utilize itajime shibori in my art making. This is a shape resist technique in which the fabric is folded and shapes are applied that then act as a resist to the dye. Although this process requires precision and attention to detail, I never know how the fabric will take the dye and exactly how the dye will move on the fabric. As a result, there is always a tension between my strong inclination to be a perfectionist and my inability to completely control this process. It has been a wonderful exercise in letting go and truly a life lesson for me.:)

My art making has continued to evolve and I now utilize many different kinds of surface design techniques in my work. I also LOVE to try new things so you never know what you might find in the pages of this blog.

It’s taken me well over 40 years (ahem), but I have come to realize that I am happiest when I am making things. This is the driving force behind what I do and I hope that you can feel this joy in my creations and in this blog. I also hope to be a source of inspiration, information, and visual pleasure.

Renee Fly