From Inspiration to Art
Making paintings using the clean and dyed fibers from
animals like sheep is not a new invention. Christina carries on a long tradition that started when people collected different natural animal fibers, felting them together to create garments, shoes and living spaces. Eventually people discovered they could make creative designs using different colors.
The difference here, is that instead of bonding the fibers using water and friction, she uses barbed needles to bond the fibers, achieving more details than is possible with wet felting.
It is just like painting, layering colors to build a picture.
Inspiration, Ideas, Story
It all begins with inspiration...
Inspiration comes from anything;
A favorite book or movie, a feeling in the air, discussions had with friends, old stories, moments in history.
The majority of Christina's current work is inspired by the natural world and by looking into the deeper meanings and connections found in mythology and stories. The collective histories of women of the past and present, common motifs in life's challenges often serve as a skeletal structure on which to flesh out a visual communication.
The journey is the goal; the product is the culmination of a lifetime of discovery and work. Christina is a life-long learner, and has, since early childhood, always kept her hands busy with projects.
Each finished piece is another picture in her ongoing visual autobiography, each showing a snapshot of her place in life, whether as a watercolor painting, a textile piece, or as a fiber painting.
Each work is unique, made with care and love for people, art and materials.