Esther is a full
time fiber artist from Mebane NC. She is
known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation.
Esther is also a felter, weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective of
how the yarns can be used.
constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on
the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. Esther is very conscious of where her
fiber comes from, sourcing her wool from local and friendly farms, directly
from wonderful shepherds with happy animals
Esther is an enthusiastic and patient
teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience.
Her most recent
press are articles she wrote for Winter and Autumn 2013 PLY magazine. Her press
also includes being featured in Lexi Boeger’s 2012 book “Handspun, New Spins on
Traditional Techniques”, the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Knitscene magazine and
the Fall 2010 issue of Spin Off magazine. She is currently working on her first
art of fiber is a progression - a journey from one form to another. Each step is a new chance for expression.
I create with a wild freedom that only raw fiber allows. By washing
and dyeing all of my animal-friendly, farm-sourced wools myself, I gain full
control of my textures and color. With my drum carder colors are blended to
create a palette. With my spinning wheel, I use innovative techniques and materials
to create yarns that function as art, yarn and couture. Each skein is a
wearable piece of art, or can be hung on the wall and admired. Then, another
step can be taken here with the spun yarn- -woven and knit into textile
couture. Each step could be considered
an end, or just a beginning.
I look for the extraordinary in fiber and what it can become. Whether
spun into yarn, felted into cloth, or woven into a garment, I find the voice of
the fiber and it tells me what it wants to be.
Workshops By Esther Rodgers
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