Student Lecture Series
I am a mixed-media artist specializing in fabric-based art. I dye white fabric and apply paints and stitches to express concepts that have deep meanings to me. Followers of my work have described it as peaceful, calm, and ethereal. When I create, I go on insightful journeys.
Mindy Fitterman's mixed media art uses the thangka form, English paper piecing and surface design techniques.
After many years as a social worker, I am now re-inventing myself as a fibre artist. In my last year of a B.F.A. program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, I have been exploring the nature of fibre in the material arts department. I am a mother of 2 boys, both young adults and am very proud of the fine human beings they are in the process of becoming. Married for over 30 years, Michael and I are comfortably 2 halves of a whole.
As a textile artist, I love every process, from the unpredictable surprises of dyeing to the tedious and mundane work of stitching. Fabric, stitch, image and paper are the tools I use to record the stories I find important, recently focused on the relationship between the natural world and spirituality. My art has become my voice to speak concern for what we are doing to damage and destroy the beautiful and wholesome creation we were given.
I have been working for a number of years in three media: surface design on cloth, paper collage, and oil painting. The boundaries between these processes can be very soft, yet they present quite different aspects of my self-expression. My textiles are often based on resist-dyeing processes, resulting in geometric patterns, while in painting I build images from observation -- still life, figure and landscape, using color and mark as a vehicle for the experience of light.
Like a Tibetan prayer flag, I create art to send my wishes for peace and happiness into the universe. Over two decades of exploring Buddhism and traveling to the sacred temples, canyons and mountain-tops of the world, these phrases of loving kindness (may you be happy, live in peace, in safety, in health, and with ease) have resonated strongly.
My art explores both the prayer flag’s form and the spirituality of its messages.
See my flags flying at Jane Dunnewold’s studio in 2013 here.