One aspect of the Western Design Conference that is particularly fun is the competition between entries in various categories of creations. This year, we decided to enter our jacket call the “Fire Nymph” in the wearable fashion category. This is Sandy’s artist’s statement that will sit on the display podium next to the mannequin and jacket. The judging and announcements of prize winners will happen on Thursday night.
Artist Statement – Fire Nymph
The Fire Nymph is the signature piece in my Cacophony of Colors collection. With orange and red, colors of strength and boldness, it captures the brilliance of a dancing fire, falling leaves and joyous celebration.
I handmade the exterior fabrics of the Fire Nymph. By hand dying, combining wet and needle felted alpaca fibers (from our herd), the processes created a lovely surface texture with a soft handle.
Orange and red collage is the soul of the Fire Nymph. My biggest challenge was to create a jacket design that combined these intensely colorful fabrics without being over whelming. I was thrilled when I constructed the shell in my simple princess design jacket to find that alternating the collage felt with the rich solid orange felt created the desired balance. Befitting the Fire Nymph, the luscious burnt orange lining turns the interior of the jacket into a fiery statement.
Sandy Liggett Whispirit
Sandia Park, New Mexico
Til next week. Lee