Teresa Shields

Artists Statement

The Art of Making Things

I am happiest when I am making things with fiber and it feels like home. I have denied it many times in my life calling what I do with fabric and fiber experiments, but the truth is I love the act of making. My current pieces may look like a tedious undertaking but I truly love this work.

I’m inspired by circles- being drawn to circles for close to twenty years. When I thought I was ready to change directions, I became obsessed with wood grain patterns and then realized it was just another way to look at circles. Sure it’s a challenge generating interest in something as inanimate as a shape, but my circles are able to magnify the complex insides of vegetables, cloud formations or microscopic cellular structures.

I’m guided by my intuition, working with pattern on pattern, color and texture. Making little pieces of art irresistible to the touch is my goal- and that’s what you can do with fabric and fiber and stitches.

Teresa Shields