Liz Spear Handwoven



Autumn Textures Celebration Coat, made of many handwoven scraps, sandwiched between layers of silk and rayon, channel stitched, slashed, constructed.

Each year, I send one or two pieces to one or more exhibitions, sponsored by one of my organizations, or craft gallery, or arts group. Every few years, I have the opportunity to mount a major exhibit of my work, ranging from six to sixteen pieces. Each exhibit pulls more concentration of effort, in producing the extra work, and in thinking about those pesky artist statements. I've learned about the tremendous lift that my regular line of garments receives from these other activities, even if it's relief at getting back to the familiar, instead of pushing my fabric envelopes, wondering if that combination or the other would have worked better... But pushing that extra bit is a good thing, and my skills increase.

Focus Gallery, Folk Art Center, Asheville NC, April/May 2005, with Lyle Wheeler, featuring Marbled Spring Celebration Coat on right, and Black Chairs Celebration Coat on left.

September 30 - January 7, 2007 - Haywood Community College Professional Crafts, 30th Anniversary Exhibition - Folk Art Center - Asheville NC

March 3 - April 15, 2006 - Spring Faculty Exhibit - Arrowmont School - Gatlinburg TN

February 17 - March 25, 2006 - Furniture & Fibers - Wilkes Art Gallery - North Wilkesboro NC
   Blaine Johnston, furniture-maker
   Sandy Adair, tapestry weaver
   Neal Howard, weaver and dyer
   Liz Spear, weaver and maker of garments

September 10 - January 8, 2005 - Crafting Community, 75th Anniversary Southern Highlands Craft Guild - Folk Art Center - Asheville NC

September 24 - November 5, 2005 - Cedar Creek Gallery Awards of Excellence Winners - Durham NC

April 1 - May 23, 2005 - Focus Gallery, Liz Spear and Lyle Wheeler - Folk Art Center - Asheville NC

Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro NC, Furniture and Fibers Show, February/March 2006.