While much social media leaves me scratching my head, I’m a devotee of Pinterest. It’s introduced me to fabric art I would never have found otherwise. I discovered Merle Axelrad through this photo of detail from Yuba River 2.
She describes her work as fabric collage and says her goal is to capture light and movement. Each piece contains thousands of fabric pieces that depict impressionistic landscapes. They are very place specific. I immediately recalled a trip to California I took over 20 years ago when I saw her Marin Headlands.
You can get a glimpse of how she works in this video about her commissioned piece California Ricelands. This is based on many aerial photos.
One of Merle’s special talents is the ability to convey flowing water in fabric. Sierra Water shows still water, while in Sierra Stream 3 I can feel that icy water tumbling over the rocks.