I believe that art gives us the opportunity to explore the minds of others, and at its best, it awakens our senses at different levels, promoting a sense of energy and enthusiasm. As an artist, my goal is to create art that evokes conversation, stimulates the imagination, and engages one to feel something. My design inspiration comes from many types of visuals. The love of beautiful fabrics inspires me along with different colors, textures, and eclectic finds. Incorporating all the things with a touch of whimsy, the possibilities are as endless as the imagination.
From yards of toile, to contemporary, to whimsical textiles, fabric is an art form in itself; with many colors & designs to choose from, it becomes the paint on my paintbrush. When I decided to revisit and started creating fabric wall art, something happened. As I completed more pieces in this series, incorporating one or more faces into the design, it became apparent that these faces of women have a story to tell about the various facets of their lives. The idea evolved; women are like fabric in that fabric comes in all colors and textures, from many different cultures. This became the essential theme in the series, “Celebration Of Women Through Faces In Fabric”. Through my art, I want to bring to the forefront all that women accomplish through their integrity, purpose, strength, and inner beauty. Why the combination of women, fabric and art? When I can combine my passion for art with ideas that are close to my heart, I feel that I have not only created an art piece but a compelling motif.
All artwork by Eileen Williams on this website is copyright ©2013.
Prices range from $700-$3,500
Photography by Christian Williams
Maryland artist Eileen Williams, has worked in a wide variety of art media. Beginning with oil and acrylic painting, to knotted jute fiber designs, wood and stone sculpturing, to working for a company that taught her the technique of using fabrics to emulate animal skins on commercial life-sized fiberglass animals. This technique would be the hallmark, in later years, of using fabric in her mixed-media art. Eileen also experimented with clay and bread dough, which were materials used initially to make jewelry and ornaments. She used a life size wrought iron facemask and formed the clay or bread dough over the mask. Once dried and baked, these faces would be cover with fabric or left natural; beginning the journey of using faces, fabric and mixed media in 1996.
It wasn’t until 2006, when Eileen’s love for fabric peaked again while encountering new and beautiful fabrics. They were an inspirational catalyst for her to revisit what was started in 1996; fabric mixed-media designs, which then had taken a back seat to her paintings, sculptures, and working full time in the medical field.
Using female faces covered with fabric began the series, “Celebration Of Women Through Faces In Fabric”, which embodied the many facets of a women. Intrigued by the geometry and asymmetry of the triangle form that appears often in her work; comprised of a fabric stretched over a wooden frame—canvas style—layered with additional fabric and mixed media elements, gave her pieces a three dimensional effect.
In 2009-2010 Eileen had a brief detour in her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through chemotherapy and radiation. Feeling great today, cancer free, Eileen continues creating art; a passion that will always be a part of her life.
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