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Artist's Statement

My art represents the marriage of my two great loves: digital art and fiber art. Such an odd union—current digital technology and ancient textile techniques. 

I don’t start out with an objective. The work tells me what it wants to be, and I am often astounded by how it evolves. Here, viewers find a scenario or potential story that is widely open to interpretation. Each individual sees something different and no one is right or wrong. It’s a personal journey.

Artist's Biography

 

Jayne Gaskins produces work that defies media categorization. “I really don’t care if you call my work photography, digital art, fiber art, mixed media, or even painting. It’s art. Everything else is irrelevant.”

Gaskins coined the term “fiberography” to describe her technique of combining digitally manipulated photographs with fiber art. Here she digitally combines and manipulates multiple photographs to create a scene that is then transferred to cloth. Portions are heavily “painted” with a sewing machine and multiple colors of thread to produce a painterly effect and then stuffed and sculpted with small hand stitches (trapunto quilted). The result is a photo-realistic image with a heavy relief effect. 

Gaskins’ work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Austrailia and has earned numerous awards for excellence. Her art is in private museum collections and has been shown in prestigious exhibits such as Xe Triennale Internationale des Mini-Textiles in Angers, France, Quilt National, and FiberArt International, and it has been published in books such as 500 Art Quilts by Lark Publishing and The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists Galleries and Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits both by Martha Sielman.

Gaskins holds a BFA in Graphic Design and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and Management. In 2006 she retired from a long successful career in communications and has since allowed her imagination to take her to places she never knew existed. The journey continues.

Publications

  "Taking Trapunto to the Limit!", Machine Quilting Unlimited, March/April, pages 68 - 72
“Weaving Through Time with Máximo Laura,” Fiber Art Now, Winter 2013, pages 24 - 27
“Fiberography,” SAQA Journal, Fall 2012, online issue

Works Published

 

Quilt National 2015 – The Best of Contemporary Quilts by Lark Books
The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilt Techniques,
by Linda Seward, pages 20 and 232
Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits
by Martha Sielman, page 156
The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists Galleries of Inspiring Works
by Martha Sielman, page 75
Quilt National 2011 – The Best of Contemporary Quilts by Lark Books, pages 9 and 71
500 Art Quilts,
Lark Books pages 349 and 398
Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot, Spring 2009, page 36
President Obama, A Celebration of Art Quilts, Cafrtiz Foundation Arts Ctr., Silver Springs, MD 2009

Works Currently on Exhibit
 

Quilt National 2015, Athens Ohio: “Memories” (on tour through US through 2017)

Piecing Together a Changing Planet, “Holes in the Arctic Ozone” (on tour in US national parks)

Celebrating Silver, SAQA traveling exhibit: “Embracing the Silver Years” (on tour internationally through 2017 - currently in Australia

Past Exhibitions and Additional Data on Curriculum Vitae