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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. 

Artist with fabric painting display
Painted fabric
Painted fabric
Painted fabric
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