When I first visited the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative (CCAC) area on the Public Works Art Center in late summer time, Pam Shanley’s work received my consideration.

As I had written about quilt artist Diane Frankenberger on Sept. 23, I believed that is the time to share Pam’s versatility as a fiber textile artist as winter is coming.






Mary E. Regan


A local of Canfield, Ohio, Pam lived in Virginia and Kentucky earlier than returning to South Carolina three years in the past to retire after 25 years in training.

She retains busy.

Pam specializes in home décor, art quilts, and wearable objects reminiscent of scarves and shawls woven on ground looms to make sure high quality and design.

She is the president of the Charleston Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, has had her work exhibited at varied locales such because the Palmetto Hands Exhibit and volunteers at Middleton Place exhibiting weaving, spinning and speaking about indigo.

Regan: How many alternative strategies are there in fiber art? You mentioned your favourite is weaving—why?

Shanley: The essential focus of a fiber artist is to play with coloration and texture. To me, which means yarn, fiber, beads, felting and hand stitching. I explored a variety of completely different strategies, and my favourite is weaving. I benefit from the logical a part of organising a loom and then the artistic a part of weaving with fabulous yarns. I returned to increasing my weaving after exploring art quilting with a really energetic group in Virginia. In my coronary heart, I knew I needed to deal with together with weaving in my art as a lot as doable. I feel as a result of I sewed my very own clothes for thus lengthy, I puzzled extra about how creating clothes all started. Since an individual can weave with something from grasses, fibers, wire, steel and different issues, weaving doesn’t get boring. It may be flat, or it may be dimensional. The talent of working threads collectively is in all the things, even computer systems.

Regan: Did you do arts and crafts as a baby so that you simply grew up with a pure inclination towards this art sort? You are self-taught?

Shanley: My recollections of working with textiles at an early age was after I made doll outfits with my dad’s outdated ties. My father inspired me to be artistic and purchased me my first stitching machine. I sewed my very own garments for a few years. I learn many books about weaving, stitching and quilting.

Regan: Can you clarify indigo to us, as there’s a wealthy historical past right here. Eliza Lucas Pinckney developed indigo in South Carolina as one in every of its most necessary money crops in the 1700s.

Shanley: It is that this wealthy historical past right here that conjures up me to speak about indigo. It has been utilized by worldwide cultures. Indigo was used for anti-bacterial functions in addition to repelling bugs, utilized to burns, and for cultural tattoos. Japanese Samurai wore clothes dyed with indigo beneath their armor. Textiles from 6,000 years in the past have been discovered in Peru to have been dyed in indigo. It is not any marvel it fascinates the world to this present day. The strategy of indigo dyeing is wonderful to observe. An merchandise turns blue proper out of a pot of water that’s pea inexperienced.

Regan: Tell us about your coaching on Appalachian crafts and additionally about your particular Moon quilt.

Shanley: I’m a librarian and educator, so I all the time sought out studying. Schools such because the John C. Campbell Folk Art School, The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Penland School are wonderful locations that may change your life. Not solely do you study these folks life crafts, however you additionally notice you’re going again in human existence to know how issues are made by hand and coronary heart.

I used to be a part of an invitational art quilt exhibit to have a good time the fiftieth touchdown on the moon. I selected to do craters as I work in wool fibers, felting, beading, quilting and hand stitching. I knew I might provide a chunk that would specific my theme, “What If Craters Were in Color?” During a exhibiting of the quilt present, a person from the Library of Congress considered the exhibit and selected my Moon quilt in addition to a number of others to be showcased on the Library to have a good time the historic moon occasion. I’m deeply honored she loved my interpretation of our moon. That quilt travelled in quilt exhibits for 3 years all around the states.

Regan: Is there a specific fiber or folks artist you look as much as for inspiration?

Shanley: I’m very in Anni Albers and how the Bauhaus summary, graphic type continues to affect so many fiber artists. I’m so happy weaving has change into widespread once more. I’m amazed by new artists’ creativity. Charleston is blessed with many younger artists who discover stunning woven wall art and dyeing strategies. I hope extra individuals will see textiles as an art kind.

Regan: You additionally hand weave with your personal hand spun yarn and different pure fibers. Plus, you make craft basketry — hand-made coiled baskets which regularly characteristic your home-grown indigo dye and hand spun yarns?

Shanley: Yes. Since hand spinning for me is extra for enjoyable than for attempting to supply a really industrial product, I make small objects to showcase the artistic texture and coloration — one other approach of claiming inventive license.

Regan: Do you have got particulars but on when you’ll quickly begin to train felting and weaving on the Public Works Art Center?

Shanley: Yes. I will likely be educating Introduction to Wet Felting on the Public Works Art Center from 10 a.m. to midday on Dec. 5. I hope to supply weaving, macramé, rug punching, locker hooking and different fiber art strategies. It could be very thrilling to have this Arts Center and gallery area with Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative. I hope the neighborhood continues to embrace the alternatives there.

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