We’re thrilled to have the fiber art of Stacy Hortner hanging in our Studio this summer! She’s an award-winning quilter and artist based in Pennsylvania, and now you can see several of her pieces at our Manhattan Studio.
Stacy’s Material World
While she loved handiwork as a child, she pursued other careers as an adult. After spending time working in libraries and for large corporations, in 2005 she made the courageous decision to pursue her true passion – art. She works with many materials and techniques, so every piece is its own journey, its own world. To see more of her work, you can visit her website here.
Her childhood interest in crafts began with knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, using patterns of all kinds. However, she was always curious about experimenting with the techniques she was learning. She’d often try to ‘translate’ sketches into embroidered designs.
Every new skill continued to feed her growing sense of a whole world of creative possibility with fiber.
Upon reflection, Stacy says the integration of all these ideas culminates in the multi-media compositions she makes today.
Though she was pursuing other careers, her interest in fiber arts never waned. By her 40s, she became fascinated with quilting.
Her pieces are all original, and are meant to be hung on the wall, as art! From there, she moved to more three-dimensional sculpture.
Her current fascination is anything that could make an adequate structure, or armature, for three-dimensional sculpting.
Now, Stacy finds inspiration everywhere: doodles, nature, dreams. She writes, “sometimes the materials themselves” provide inspiration! With so many techniques at her fingertips, it can be hard to focus.
In sitting down to create a new piece, she has a wealth of past explorations, ideas, and successes to draw upon. Which isn’t to say everything turns out exactly as she’d planned! Stacy reveals: “I even keep the failures for inspiration on how to improve a particular design.” Despite the expected failures or distractions, which every artist encounters, the breath of joy in her pieces is undeniable.
If you visit our Manhattan Studio soon, you’re in for a treat. See these three pieces of Stacy’s in person, in all their curiosity and complexity. We hope her journey to becoming the artist she’s ultimately always been inspires you to create. Whether it’s a pattern you follow that brings you pleasure, or venturing into un-patterned territory, it’s all artistry.