Fiberart has been my artistic expression for most of my life. Color, texture and the "feel" of fabric have always been important to me. In an undergraduate printmaking class, I was first exposed to the idea of printing on fabric. My graduate study led to exposure to many possibilities for making fiber art. My skills as a print and dye artist developed, as well as being exposed to the creative uses of crochet.
My journey as a fiberartist has had four sections.
I began my creative exploration using photographic images and repeat pattern to screen print textiles. My artistic output included primarily yardages, hangings and quilts.
The need for more dimensional work led me to feltmaking. My use of feltmaking included the use of wool fiber unto wool fabric, producing highly textured surface because of the shrinkage. The concept of layering and exposing underlayers was a major part of my journey with felt.
Initially, my interest in building three dimensional forms came from the need to learn basketmaking for my teaching. I began building forms, then began inhabiting the forms with crocheted webs and eventually incorporating found objects.
Upon retirement, I took a break from art making but eventually my artistic nature led me to begin again, starting with painting but quickly led to using crochet to embellish the painted surface. Eventually, I began revisiting my screen printed fabric and adding crochet surfaces to create new artistic expressions. I found myself being really attracted to the many different approaches that are used to create fabric for clothing. This led me to recycling fabric from garments as backgrounds and creating new environments using crocheted yarn over the fabric backgrounds.
I have had an incredible "love affair" with fiber and fabric and see myself keeping on creating new artwork as long as possible. With the move to Arizona, I will be very interested to see what changes may occur due to the new environment.
Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath
I was born in Racine, Wisconsin. My bachelor's degree was in Art and Art Education from Dominican College Racine, Wisconsin in 1966. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Master's Degree in Related Art in 1969.
My professional career was spent at Iowa State University in Ames,Iowa in the Department of Art and Design. I taught studio classes in all aspects of design and fiber art. My specialization was in printed and dyed surface design on fabric. From 1993-1997 I severed as Associate Chair.
I retired in 2002 and moved to Okoboji,Iowa. I have been active with the Pearson Lakes Art Center, serving as chair of the acquisitions committee as well as serving on the visual arts exhibition committee and fundraising committee. I am a Member of the Artisan's Road Trip.
Throughout my 50 years as a professional artist I have produced and exhibited my artwork in national /international juried, regional, state and local exhibitions. I have acted as juror and curator for many exhibitions and have served as an officer for a state craft organization and for the Surface Design Association.