Carmen Grier is a studio artist and teacher. Her home/studio are in rural Mitchell County, NC where she resides with her husband - potter, teacher and writer Terry Gess. Carmen has taught and exhibited nationally and her award-winning work has been featured in Fiberarts Magazine and Surface Design Journal. She currently teaches Fibers in the Art Department at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
In May 2014, Carmen was awarded the privilege to be Artist-in-Residence at Cill Rialaig, County Kerry, Ireland, an artist residency on the rugged west coast of Ireland.
Her current artwork incorporates the influence of the Irish landscape along with other presiding influences, such as historic textiles and natural dyes. Carmen uses prepared extracts and also grows plant materials, which she processes into dye. Each method requires several steps of preparing the linen for coloring before steeping the fabric in dye.
To achieve even richer color and painterly markings, fabrics are dipped into magical blue indigo. Carmen employs the careful practice of stitch resist. This practice allows her the stillness to meditate on the metaphorical aspects of journey, comprised of both control and chance, with each created line and final composition.
Carmen also enjoys making functional work, especially scarves and cards. The marriage of color on cloth is the thread that connects all her work. Whether for the wall or the body, whether the material linen, silk or wool, her intent to create a well designed and meaningful object is always foremost.