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Dennis, Justine — Justine Dennis, Fiber Artist

New Haven, KY

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Justine Dennis has been creating art since at five years old, she decorated the basement wall using a box of 64 crayons. Having worked in several different mediums, Justine eventually focused on fiber because of its endless color possibilities.

 

Based on traditional coiled basketry techniques, her colorful fiber bowls are all sewn using a sewing machine. Each bowl is different, made from materials found in fabric shops and yarn outlets, from recycled clothing and specialty fabrics. These different materials are rolled into coils and stitched, with Justine turning the bowl around and around as she works. Justine notes that there are “about six miles of thread in one bowl.”

 

Justine sometimes embellishes the surfaces with appliqué and uses different colored threads for the top and bobbin threads so each bowl has a different pattern on the outside. She is currently focusing on making one-of-a-kind machine sewn fiber sculptures and wall pieces.

Justine’s work can also be found at the Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; and the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY.