Fiber artist Mary Tyler is at the Verksted Gallery as a guest artist month of September.
Ms. Tyler has a most unique approach to her work. She creates fractal patterns using equations that turn math into art. Then she quilts wall pieces and tote bags using fabric that was created with her original fractal images. The beautiful patterns are computer generated, digitally altered and custom printed.
Once her finished images are ready, she sends it off to a digital printing company that turns it into printed cloth. The next steps involve topstitching and creating the final format for each piece. Even though each image starts off as a mathematical formula, it ends up as a personal statement about the world. “Color and pattern are still the center of my work.”
Ms. Tyler’s work will only be available during the month of September.
She says: “My fascination with color and pattern has always been at the center of my work as a fiber artist. Through the stages of growth from weaver, to hot wax batik methods, constructing Artist’s books, making kaleidoscope patterned quilts to my current focus on altered fractal images, the continuous theme has been color and pattern. Fractals are found everywhere in nature, fern fronds, lightning strikes, the coastline of England. Fractals are geometric formulae that are used to define and measure repeating but irregular shapes. In other words, fractured geometry. I select fractal images from a computer program, render them into a useable form, then alter them using an imaging program.”