Currently based in Eastern TN, Sarazen is a fiber artist specializing in dimensional wool paintings using a variety of materials, including wool, silk, paper, feathers and fiction. She began her her fiber arts journey in the early 1970’s learning embroidery. A master spinner and knitter, her skills also include sewing, designing, crochet, wet felting, dry felting and writing. She began wool painting in 2014 and in 2018 began developing the world of Broken Elms. Her work is inspired by themes of identity, authenticity, vulnerability, psychology, the complexity of reality and the terrible beauty of nature itself.
A Bailey Opportunity Grant winner and the 2022 President of the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, she works surrounded by lush forests and the legacy of the Manhattan Project.
In my family it was important for the women to have certain skills. One of those was embroidery. So at a time before I can remember, I was taught to bring needle and thread together with fabric to create something beautiful. Unlike some of the other women in my family I embraced this form of expression and creation, and built my skills to mastery in fibers.
Today I continue to work with fiber for its touchable warmth and flexibility. I love the potential of raw fiber to either clothe and protect or embellish and elevate. It is the fuzz of teddy bear fur that soaks up our young tears and the organza and suiting we use to impress or seduce our peers. it is even the satin and velvet lining our caskets. Derived from plants, animals, or synthetics it’s something we must procure from the earth to insulate ourselves where our own hair falls thin. In that it is also an expression of our dependency on the other living creatures of the world, and a reminder to honor their sacrifices.
Each piece of artwork I make brings together the skills I’ve learned through my lifetime of working in fiber crafts, my love of the medium and my appreciation of all the lives around me, even those predatory hidden facets it’s often more comforting to disavow.
I am currently working on The Party chapter collection, where I explore Madam themes of the passage of time, light in the darkness, things we overlook, and the false promises of fantasy. It is a a reflection on how our past makes us who we are and the pain involved in wrenching ourselves free of that history so that we can grow.
Prior chapter collections include The Koi Pond Revealed and Welcome to Madam Bledsoe’s Domain.
Currently lives and works in Oak Ridge TN
- 2022 May-June, Tomato Head, Knoxville
- 2021 Aug-Sept Lox Salon, Knoxville
- 2021 June, Coffee and Chocolate, Knoxville
- 2021 April, Awaken Coffee, Knoxville
- 2021 Feb, South Knoxville Library
- 2022 August TAA 50th Anniversary Show
- 2022 July, Emporium Six Guilds Strong Show
- 2022 Farragut Chamber of Commerce
- 2021 – 2022 Nov-Jan, Oak Ridge Library
- 2021 – 2022 Mayor’s Office Exhibit, Knoxville
- 2021 Group Exhibition, The Emporium, Knoxville
- 2021 Bailey Opportunity Grant show, The Emporium, Knoxville
- 2021 Project Cosplay Past Winner’s Show, Animazement
- 2020 Alliance Members Show, The Emporium, Knoxville
- 2020 – 2021 Mayor’s Office Exhibit, Knoxville
- 2020 Group Exhibition, The Emporium, Knoxville
- 2020 Project Cosplay Past Winner’s Show, Animazement
- 2018 Group Exhibition, The Foothills Craft Guild Show
- Private Collections, Knoxville TN
- Animazement, Raleigh NC
- Private Collection, Lancaster PA
- Private Collection in Arizona
- 2021 Session Instructor, PA Guild of Craftsmen
- 2021 Session Instructor, Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
- 2020 Session instructor, Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
- 2019 Instructor, KnoxMakers
2019 Project Cosplay, Animazement
2019 Hallway Costume Contest, Animazement
Studied under: Tom Knisely, Dale Lyles, Sigrid Briansdotter, Kim Caulfield, Victoria Walker, Geri Forkner, Cathy Briscoe
Foothills Craft Guild, member
Tennesseee Valley Handspinners Guild, 2022 President
PA Craft Guild, Member at Large
York Town Craft Guild, former member