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Peggy Dembicer is a contemporary American artist who appreciates well-executed craftsmanship. Take a very special journey through "Fiber Options and Mixed Results". The depth and breadth of her work is inspiring. You can access her work by visiting her virtual gallery through her website portal at www.peggydembicer.com or by visiting her Flickr photo site.
I am a mixed media artist using a variety of techniques that spring from my background in fiberarts. I began my art career as a handweaver in the early 1980s; I initially concentrated on tapestry weaving and other woven textile techniques.
In the 1990s I joined art guilds and galleries in order to participate in exhibitions and meet other artists. This was at a time when my work was shifting to the framed and sculptural pieces that I exhibit in galleries and private collections throughout the Northeast currently.
One area that I explore frequently is paperweaving. I construct loom woven and off loom pieces using various methods. I admire beautiful papers, calendars, postcards, and brochures and I recycle them into my work. I embellish my paper weavings with novelty yarns, beads, or wire. These may be two or three-dimensional and the designs range from pictorial to geometric or abstract.
Another area where I focus my work is in the use of seed beads in a variety of forms. I execute pictorial and patterned expressions from these beads through weaving, embroidering, embedding them in polymer clays or adhering them with paints or glue. I am inspired by the work of the Huichol Indians of Mexico who set their intricate beaded designs in beeswax. I create bead mosaics with seed beads and Elmer's glue. Some of my mosaics contain many tens of thousands of beads and take months to create.
I continue to explore the possibilities in mixing media. My recent pieces have incorporated felting techniques, gel medium, polymers, beads, metal, wire and stones in combination. I am a self-taught artist striving for continued growth by attending workshops and classes and by staying connected to the Art community through guild and gallery memberships. I feel that my association with other artists challenges me to grow and diversify.
I live in Connecticut and divide my time between my active family life, my full time insurance career and some time each day devoted to my art. Because I spend 8-10 hours a day in the corporate world, artwork is a creative and therapeutic escape from contracts and computers. I can pop into my home studio and capture those few minutes here and there that will steadily develop my pieces over time.