Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach, and educator with over 28 years of experience with the Textile Center both as an instructor and former Board member. She has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses in a diverse range of workshop topics such as fabric dyeing, design theory, beading, creative problem solving, and technology workshops for artists. Brick’s explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited.
Working with my hands has been an integral part of my daily life since childhood. Being a textile artist is, for me, an ongoing activity. I dye and stitch and invent new ways to embellish fabric. By sculpting with fiber, I incorporate space and texture into my designs. Creating art involves solving problems, discovering possibilities, merging ideas, and sharing who I am.
Over the past 20 years I have developed a diverse body of work including a set of 42 embroidered pieces that visually interpret haikus written by a local poet, 24 visual “translations” of vignettes by a local author/Holocaust survivor, eight separate works of art depicting different themes for an interfaith artist circle and the occasional piece for other calls for themed exhibitions. Photos of some of the work done in collaboration with the writers are included with this proposal as well as images of other work.
Embracing ambiguity is the start of my process. Knowledge is part of the process. Yet there is room for discovery and confusion. For me, art is really about being open to surprise.
My inspirations come from the commonplace and the unique. I’m inspired by conversations, sounds, textures, tastes… I play a game called “Here and now I am aware of…"
I have an appetite for exploration. How far can I push and pull the techniques practiced over the years? What new technology can I add to the mix that will push and pull my art practice even more?
Recently I have started aiming my work in a new direction based on my recent exploration of embroidery and shibori. The possibilities seem endless.
The process of creating is a journey. The discoveries along the way make the trip worthwhile.