Wendy Ackrell is a fiber artist/painter who lives and works in San Francisco.
Wendy's work is simply beautiful and truly unique!
We're thrilled that Wendy's work is in our shop windows. Her work in the windows is done using Malabrigo yarn. It's a stunning display! Come on by and check it out.
Wendy and Antonio, co-owner of Malabrigo had an opportunity to meet each other during our Malabrigo Meet and Greet.
We had an opportunity to ask Wendy some questions about her work.
Q: What was your journey to creating woolen sculptures?
The first pieces I made were in 2009--the wool branches that I wrap in both natural and extremely vibrant yarns.
I was in the woods of Sonoma and started to gather large branches from the forest floor. A week of quiet and a huge skein of yarn led to the creation of my first woolen branches. Making them is second nature now and one of the most meditative things in the world to me.
Q: Why is wool your fiber of choice?
The springiness, the bounce, the way it takes colors, even the bit of fuzz it acquires when touched--there's nothing like wool. I love its organic nature and how it feels to work with.
Q: What inspired you to work with the tools?
After making branches for a while, I was drawn to using wool to soften objects typically thought of as masculine. I began to create softness out of hammers, mallets, sledgehammers, axes and other stereotypically "male" tools. I often use prototypically feminine colors to heighten this dichotomy.
Q: Where else do you find inspiration for your art?
I'm very inspired by other artists, and Louise Bourgeois is one of my favorites. Her metal sculptures, especially the spiders, are so striking and evocative to me. I love that she immortalized weaving creatures.
I like to think of my own fiber work as giving the objects a new life, dressing them up and even humanizing them a bit.
And if it doesn't move, I think about wrapping it...