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handmade artisan products
in Skaneateles

54 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY

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Sewing is one of my greatest pleasures. I have been working with needles and
fabric in one form or another since I was a child, starting with sewing my own,
then my children’s clothes.

I began making quilts in 1976, putting them on the walls instead of beds.
This allows a greater freedom in exploring ways to manipulate the fabric.
I find myself looking at nature and man-made structures with the question:
How could that be interpreted in fabric? How can I incorporate those elements
of texture and design into my work?

I have created a type of fiber collage using paper, silks, cottons, spun nylon
and synthetic fabrics and fibers. These are either made into greeting cards or
framed work. They reflect the same design focus as my quilts.

The needle is an extension of my fingers, the threads and fabric my palette.
For me, color and pattern are equally important as my finished work. Fabric art
is appealing to me, due to the fact that it’s more than a visual art. It is very
much linked with our sense of touch and with our memories.

My work has been or is being shown in numerous museums and galleries
including: Herbert Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY; Everson Museum,
Syracuse, NY; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Onondaga
Community College, Syracuse, NY; Community Folk Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY;
Spiritual Center, University Hospital, Syracuse, NY; New York State Center for
the Arts, Albany, NY; Quilting By the Lake Quilting Conference, Morrisville, NY;
Eureka Crafts, Syracuse and Manlius, NY; Coffee & Cream Shop and Gallery,
Moravia, NY; Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin, FL; American Quilt Society
Museum Store, Paducah, KY; Grovewood Gallery, Ashville, NC; Handworks
Gallery of American Crafts, Acton, MA; The Little Gallery, Moneta, VA;
Sea Hags Soap and Art Mercantile, Brackney, PA; Haven Gallery, Austin TX;
Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY; Hamilton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, NY;
Group and solo shows around NY State.

Sharon Bottle Souva
Fabric handworks
Syracuse, NY

Textural landscape:
Measuring 24" x 18"
Quilt: “Moonseed”
Measuring 36" x 34"
Fiber collage: “Spring Trees”
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