Betsy Meyer

Fascinated with fiber and textiles since childhood, I rely on line, design, color, and texture to tell the stories in my fiber art.

Inspired by what is new to me, I find mystery and excitement in what people from other cultures have and use and make. Their textiles, the materials they use for their dwellings, their means of transportation, their clothes, their food, and cultural heritage, how they interact with one another and visitors from afar, fascinate me. I come home from my trips energized, with a suitcase full of outlandish treasures…bits and pieces of wrapping paper, scraps of kimonos and bright red money envelopes from Japan, odd buttons and trims from Belgium, postcards and snapshots showing fragments of Byzantine mosaic floors, carved lintels, ancient doors, crooked little streets with crooked little houses, bridges, and viaducts, farms and mountains, sunrises and sunsets. All are a fascinating mix of colors, shapes, and designs that my inner muse plucks from my memory bank to use in my art.

My weaving techniques are unconventional. When I start a new piece, I choose colors and textures of fiber that reach out to me and complement the shredded overdyed silk strips I create from repurposed clothes along with my handspun art yarn. Sari silk yarns spun from factory waste by women in India add vibrancy and texture.

My signature techniques add to the distinctiveness of my work, giving each weaving its own energy and movement; its own personality that draws a viewer in to explore it.

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