Building 6, Studio Fiber Arts
Background: Sandi was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated with a degree in Textile Design from East Carolina University. Sandi worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years before becoming a mother. When her daughter was in preschool she took a quilting class from a local store and became immersed in the quilting world. Sandi taught quilting for many years a G Street Fabrics and the Jinny Beyer Studio. She also got involved with a local art quilt group Fiber Artists @ loose ends and they exhibit their work nationally including the International Quilt Festival, The Virginia Quilt Museum, The Alexander Black House, Blacksburg, VA and Fiber National 2016. Fiber Artists @ loose ends has pieces on permanent display at The University of Michigan Cancer Center, The Brehm Center for Diabetes Research, The Auburn University Women’s Health Resource Center and The INOVA Fair Oaks Cancer Center.
Artistic Philosophy: Sandi is an art quilter with a deep appreciation for traditional quilts. Sandi works intuitively to create varied constructions that can be minimalist or complex in their design aesthetic. Quilting, both by hand and machine gives her a sense of connection to her Grandmothers’ who knit, crocheted and embroidered. Sandi’s love for fiber and creating is rooted in this history of women who make beautiful things for the people they love.
Influences: Sandi enjoys experimenting with anything fiber and she is influenced daily by the other amazing artists at the Workhouse. She is currently exploring some new techniques including eco printing and wet felting after some recent workshops. She enjoys making memory and celebration pieces for clients using textiles from from their family members or to commemorate a milestone in someones life. Sandi also makes smaller functional one of a kind pieces such as shawls and scarfs so, people can have a connection to art in their daily life.