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Profile for Merridee Joan Smith | Visual Artist

I was educated as a chemist, and for many years I viewed and experienced the world as a scientist. I believe science and art require similar attributes, including an appreciation for the wonder of the world and the ability to observe closely. In addition, art requires a passion to take what one sees and experiences and render it in some personal form. In my case, this form is working with fiber. I think my science background has had a strong impact on my interest in a representational style. I work with wool, silk, other fibers and beads to create pieces that represent earth forms, images of the sea and even lava. I am thrilled with the color and the tactile quality of the wool and silk, and love that felt is an ancient and very usable medium. I also enjoy the challenge of rendering unusual subjects in fiber. I use silk painting techniques, Indonesian batik and shibori to create color and design to incorporate into my felted pieces. As a silk painter, my particular passion is painting flowers. Silk painting is an excellent medium for capturing the colors, patterns and iridescence of flowers. I apply colors using liquid dyes that flow across the silk. Brilliant colors move and blend in ways that can be unexpected and beautiful. It feels as though the dyes, silk and I are collaborating on the final painting, and it can be an exhilarating experience. I am honored to have been designated a Master Silk Painter by my peers in Silk Painters International. I am privileged to work at the Old Library Art Studios (OLAS) in Auburn. My work can be seen in the Auburn Old Town Gallery and in the Big Island Glass Gallery in Honokaa, Hawaii. I was one of ten artists chosen to display a 9’x 3’ silk banner in the United States Botanical Garden Conservatory for the 2004 “Orchids, Beauty and Beyond” exhibit, cosponsored by the USBG and the Smithsonian Institution. Examples of my work can be seen in Susan Louise Moyer’s book, Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art.
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End of Summer


Shibori Patterns

Shimmering Seas


When Madam Pele Wears Lace

Floral Shawl

Felted Market Bag

Tahoe Forest

Beach Road Hibiscus

Anthuriums, reverse side




Jacquard Shawl

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Auburn, CA
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Keywords/Style:Batik, Painter, Decorative, Textile Arts, Textiles, Wearable Art Fiber, Felt, Silk Painting
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