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Jeanne Brady

Lives in Smithville, TN                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spring (Hope Eternal), 2014, hand screen printed and resist dyed linen, silk, and wool. Fiber reactive and acid dyes, 52 x 16 inches, gift of the artist

Brady received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing and M.F.A. in surface and textile design at East Carolina University. For the last 19 years she has been the Professor of Fibers at TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft; teaching all levels of surface design, weaving, paper & bookmaking, other related fiber courses, and relief printmaking. Brady has also taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, Penland School of Crafts, the Peters Valley School of Craft and at the Tennessee State Museum. She has received numerous awards and has exhibited in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in publications such as American Craft, Southern Living, and Surface Design periodicals as well as Fiberarts Design Book Seven, and The Art and Craft of Handmade Books among others.

This Long Winter Melts Into Spring, 2014, 53 x 14 inches, clamp resist dying on wool, additional silk inlay fabrics are crackle resist dyed. Fiber reactive and acid dyes, gift of the artist

Brady’s work can be found at the Evangelical Hospital Children’s Clinic in Oberhausen, Germany; Boddie-Noell Enterprises in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; R.J. Reynolds Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia; East Carolina University in North Carolina, and Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida.

“I approach my fabric designs much as a painter approaches a canvas, a surface upon which to build the ideas.  I am very process-oriented.  I take an initial thought and explore it, responding to the medium of dye, pigments, resists, etc. as I work.   I have never liked fully completing an idea on paper prior to materializing it in art form; I allow the idea to come into full view as I work.  The potential for discovery during the process is what excites me.” – Jeanne Brady

This fiber work is part of a series titled, “Seasons of Change.” Inspired by Brady’s natural surroundings and personal events, each piece is a reflection on how people and places, whether subtly or profoundly, are changed over time.

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