ARTIST STATEMENT

Unique experiences have created a fascinating world of color and design for me as I implement my impressions through the medium of fiber.  Once a volunteer in an inner city evening arts program in Boston, an Artist in the Public Schools teaching Color and Design in Tulsa, and a Gifted and Talented teacher focusing on Arts Education and Asia, art has always been part of my existence. Now as a fiber artist I am seeking unique ways to integrate color, pattern, and design through the texture of fiber.

I am particularly interested in patterns in nature and shades of color. Taking those patterns and seeing how they are used in architecture and object design I am constantly opening up to new inspirations. Walking The Great Wall, studying the hand-chiseled designs on the doors of La Sagrada Familia, or climbing The Acropolis to see the statuesque columns of the Parthenon, I have experienced many visual images firsthand. Working with hand-dyed fibers I enjoy seeing how light plays off of these surfaces. Nuances of color are enhanced with hand embroidery and beading, overlaid with manipulated fibers for dimension, and complemented with resist techniques and mixed-media. Freeform knitting and crochet are being enhanced with batik, hand embroidery, and beading.  My travels throughout the world have shown me the synchronicity between different countries and cultures with similar approaches to fiber, miles apart and separated by centuries. I am most intrigued by that historical and contemporary context. 
 

RESUME

MICHELE KRAMER LASKER, 6717 S. 72 E. Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
918.510.4024 - michelelasker@hotmail.com

SOLO SHOWS:

FingerPlay Studio - Art Walk Louisville, Louisville, Colorado - Fall 2015
Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce - Summer 2014

INVITATIONAL SHOWS:
Fiber Happenings - Edge Center Gallery - Bigfork, Minnesota - June 2016
Organic Matters - Santa Barbara Greater Jewish Federation - Winter 2016
Fiber - Faux and Fabulous - Santa Barbara Greater Jewish Federation - Spring 2015

AWARDS:
Tulsa Artists' Coalition 27th Anniversary Show – Jurors’ Choice - Summer 2016

JURIED SHOWS:
108 Contemporary - The State of Craft: Oklahoma Members - Fall 2017
Fiber Art VIII Int’l Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition - Sebastopol Center for the Arts - Summer 2017
Capital Health Medical Center, Investor Art and Healing Gallery - Winter 2017
Quilts=Arts=Quilts - Fall/Winter 2016-2017
Tulsa Artists' Coalition 27th Anniversary Show - Jurors' Choice - Summer 2016
MORE COLOR Art Show - Dennis R. Neill Equality Center - Spring 2016
108 Contemporary - Artists' Show - Winter 2015-2016
FiberWorks - Living Arts of Tulsa - Summer 2015
Tulsa Artists' Coalition 26th Anniversary Show - Fall 2014
FiberWorks - IAO Gallery - Summer 2014
Salon Style - Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery - Fall 2012
Compendium 25 - Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery - Fall 2011

PARTICIPATION SHOWS:
A Common Thread - Textile Center, Minneapolis - Winter 2017
Fate Destiny and Self-Determination - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles - January 20-April 16, 2017
Tree Jumpers & Jazz Festival - Warwick Art Gallery - Warwick, Qld Australia - July-September 2016
A Common Thread - Textile Center, Minneapolis - Winter 2016
Flower Power - Fibrefest - Craft and Quilt Fair - Glebe Island, Sydney, Australia - June 2015
Common Threads - Fall 2014
Common Threads - Fall 2013
Common Threads - Spring 2012
International Quilt Festival - Eye of the Quilter Exhibit - Fall 2013
Northeastern University Art Gallery - Fiber Now - Winter 2013
Southwood Landscape and Garden Center Quilt and Fiber Festival - Winter 2013
Living Arts Gallery - PlayDate Show/Looking Forward with New Eyes - Summer 2012
Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council Mixed-Media Show - Spring 2012
TAC 5×5 Shows - 2007-2012 

VISUAL ARTS AND TEXTILE STUDIES:
Embroidery Design with Kimika Hara - Embroidery Collage with Lorie McCown - Natural Dyeing with Elin Noble - Color and Design Studies with Sue Benner - Mixed Media and IPAD Applications for Textile Design with Susie Monday - Shibori Dyeing with Sharon Kilfoyle and Cheryl Rezendes - Soy Wax Batik with Jeanne Palmer Moore - Mixed Media Painting with Jane LaFazio and Helen Shafer Garcia - Abstract Watercolor with Jan Brieschke - Sculptural Knitting with Adrienne Sloane - Marbled Fabric with Jo Fitsell - Tapestry Weaving with Louise Martin and Louise Oppenheimer

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Front Range Contemporary Quilters, 108 Contemporary, Embroiderers’ Guild, Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association, Tulsa Artists’ Coalition

COMMITTEE WORK:
Southwood Landscape Garden Center Quilt and Fiber Festival, January 2013 - Northeastern University Art Gallery - Fiber Now, January 2013 - Living Arts Gallery - PlayDate Show/Looking Forward with New Eyes, July 2012 - FiberWorks Biennial Show, 2013 - SAQA, Education Committee 2012-2013

ARTS AND CULTURE GRANTS:
Fund for Teachers Sabbatical to Europe, 2010 - Fund for Teachers Sabbatical to Vietnam, 2004 - Freeman Foundation and Yale University Field Studies in East Asia, 2004 - Freeman Foundation East Asia Field Study, 2001 - and Fulbright Memorial Fund for Japan, 2000

EDUCATION:
Mandarin Language Institute - The University of Oklahoma
Masters + 60 Hours in Computer Science, Social Studies, and Educational Technology
M.A. Education, Language Arts and Educational Administration - University of Buffalo
B.A. Elementary Education and English - University of Bridgeport

PUBLICATIONS:
Pattern in Nature - International Free Form Arts Guild - 2017
Flora and Fauna - International Free Form Fiber Arts Guild - 2016
Ocean - The Color of Water - International Free Form Fiber Arts Guild - 2015
One Color - International Free Form Fiber Arts Guild - 2014

WORLD TRAVEL:
England, Norway, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Wales, Sweden 2017 - England, France, and Scotland 2016 - England, Switzerland, France, 2015 - Portugal, France, 2014 - Greece, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, 2013 - Spain, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, and France, 2010 - Italy, 2008 - People’s Republic of China, 2005 - People’s Republic of China, 2004 - Vietnam, 2004 - People’s Republic of China, 2003 - People’s Republic of China, Korea and Japan, 2001 - Japan, 2000 - British Columbia, 2000 - Italy and France, 1999 - Mexico, 1992 - France, Germany, Switzerland, 1980 - England and Greece, 1973 - England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, 1972