Judith Olson, Fiber Artist
Judith Olson, Fiber Artist
Judith Olson, Fiber Artist
Judith Olson, Fiber Artist
Judith Olson, Fiber Artist

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Judith Olson

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Judith Olson
, Fiber Artist

 

Study, Imagine, Experiment, Create, Persist.

The craft of knitting has been around for at least 2000 years. All of those anonymous knitters through the centuries have contributed to a craft that is rich in tradition and variety. Now, in modern times, the craft continues to flourish. Knitting today is exploding with innovation, largely helped by the Internet, and each knitter’s opportunity to connect with, and be inspired by, a global community.

For me, knitting is all about vibrant color and intriguing textures. Every day I am keenly aware that all creative work builds on what came before, and I am inspired by both the traditions and the joyful experimentation of my peers. I am thrilled to employ an ancient craft to produce a textile that is bold and modern. There is something magical about taking simple tools and materials, in this case, two sticks and some string, and building a fabric under my hands. The enduring challenge is to make something that is not only artistically beautiful, but also functional, versatile, and easy to wear.

I have been working with textiles all my life. I was taught to sew and knit at a very young age by my mother, and by high school, I was making prom dresses and coats, as well as every day wardrobe items. I put my crafting activities on hold while pursuing a busy career in accounting and computer consulting, and raising two boys. Ironically, it was my boys' passion for ice hockey that brought me full-circle back to fiber. I filled those long hours in the ice rink with rediscovering my love of working with textiles, this time through knitting, and before long a pastime became a vocation.

Olson is a Resident Artist at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery. She is a juried member of both the Greater St Louis Art Association and the Best of Missouri Hands. She has shown her work in a juried art exhibition at The St Louis Artists Guild, as well as the Art Fair at Queeny Park.

 

 

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