Lori and Lisa at work creating fiber art ‘paintings’ in their studio. Photo by Lauren DeBell.
Fiber Art Process
While separately studying oil painting and printmaking, the Lubbesmeyers symbiotically collaborate by creating an art form the Lubbesmeyers describe as fiber paintings. While attempting to combine the conventional elements of their respective disciplines, it was their interest in working together that brought them to fiber, as it holds the color and textural qualities of painting, as well as the definition and precision of printmaking.
The Lubbesmeyer Twins create their work using a method of layering and overstitching as they exchange the pieces, allowing the imagery to emerge spontaneously. Their individual styles influence each other, resulting in interpretations of architecture and nature that are representational. The fracturing of shape and saturation of color occur layer by layer – allowing the texture of the fiber to build the imagery as they’ve responded to each other’s work.
Examples of a first and last layer of a fiber art ‘painting’
The very first layer, in its rough form, before it’s stitched. At this point, neither twin knows what the imagery will become. Through the entire process, as its exchanged multiple times, the palette, subject, and orientation can change multiple times.
The final composition, developed through 15 passings between the twins, is comprised of about 30 layers of fabric and stitching. The process took approximately five months to complete.