Carole Fiore: Thread...Transformed
March 25 - June 10, 2023
Fiber artist Carole Fiore has been stitching since she was in elementary school. Starting off with simple cross stitch samplers using cotton floss, she has since spent her life experimenting with various types of needle arts and threads. To Fiore, embroidery is an expansive medium that takes advantage of traditional threads and ground fabric, as well as new and unusual materials, like construction supplies. Embroidery can be defined as any art form that is accomplished using a needle with an eye.
In recent years, Carole has started exploring techniques that create texture and depth in this mainly two-dimensional art form. She makes use of a wide variety of stitches and mediums to create these images— Zinnias in a Vase (after Clementine Hunter), for example, is a tent stitch piece done in needlepoint on an even weave canvas, a technique used on many church kneelers. Florida – State of the Arts is a mixed media piece stitched with single strands of embroidery floss, featuring a map that was hand-colored with acrylic paints. The most innovative piece in the collection, Sailor Take Warning, is a mixed media rendering of the iconic Saint Marks Lighthouse, using acrylic paint, fabric collage, mirror organza, hand-dyed cheese cloth, memory thread, cotton and silk floss, and straw silk.
Fiore is a member of the Embroiders’ Guild of America, as well as the American Needlework Guild and the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework. Her work was juried into the last six Art in Gadsden annual exhibitions.