Elenor Crystelle Chipman
"My desire is to combine art and practicality so that anyone can have a garment with color, flash and energy."
I have been sewing since I learned on my grandmother's treadle machine as a child and was introduced to the wearable art movement when I moved to California in the 1970s. Captivated by the idea of turning art into garments, I began dyeing my own fabric about 25 years ago. Though technically "self-taught", I have attended many classes at Arrowmont School of the Arts and am especially grateful for the inspiration and guidance of other fiber artists.
My studio is in a renovated 19th century brick building located in a small Northwest Missouri town. There surrounded by dyes, clamps, brushes and bolts of silk fabric I design garments, scarves and other accessories. I am driven to turn my ideas into color and translate them onto fabric.
My work is shown in galleries and at art shows, winning several awards at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum Membership Show. I belong to many art groups, including Silk Painters International.