Abstractions in Fiber & Photos
Fiber artist and photographer Rosalind Daniels’ “Abstractions in Fiber & Photos” is on display at the Waterbury Public Library now through July 6th. Stunning colors, abstract geometric shapes, and clean lines combine to create a visual display that pops. Juxtaposed with Daniels’ textiles are her photographs that give similar geometric shapes, perhaps with color, and enhanced by the outdoor light. Daniels admits to being a “recovering mathematician” as she puts it, and her work speaks of her eye for line and detail.
Though Daniels has been quilting for over 35 years, the quilts displayed both up and downstairs in the library, have been made in the last six. The photos are just three years old and come from three different series: Rural Abstraction (shapes taken from farms and sugar houses in Cabot), Corn (shapes taken as corn sprouted and grew), and Taillights (shapes gathered from car taillights). In contrast to the months required to create each quilt, Daniels welcomes the speed of digital photography. She has especially enjoyed putting examples of the two practices together for the first time for this exhibit.
Daniel’s mother was a home economics teacher from whom she learned the practice of needle arts. From her aunts, Daniels learned of an exciting world far from her home of Richmond, Virginia. It was in the Peace Corp, teaching math in the South Pacific, that she first encountered “the radiant tropical fabrics and the exuberant combinations” that were worn by the peoples there. She learned the basics of quilting in Pakistan. She and her husband travelled overseas for 10 years, which Daniels credits for infusing her work with originality.
Back home in Vermont, she picked up again the study of photography that had laid dormant for 15 years, and began to combine the digital photos complimenting her work in fabric. The move to rural Vermont has given Daniels the opportunity to study art at local colleges, as well as new inspiration in being surrounded by “interesting shapes and varying palettes.” Now in retirement, Daniels has the time to focus on the fabric she’s collected over the years and the geometry she loves. You can check out her work at www.rosalindsdaniels.com and on Instagram: rsd_studio.