Anita Jain, Fiber Artist: A native of Finland, Anita is a serious student of all types of fiber art. Anita sells and exhibits her work locally and internationally. Anita’s work was featured in the 2012 and 2013 Fiber Art Almanac.
Recently, Anita started an organization to promote the cultural exchange of fiber art between countries. Here is their mission statement:
Promote cultural exchange of traditional and contemporary fiber art.
Bring together diverse artists and their work in creative ways.
Welcome to my studio. I owned and operated an art gallery (Village Artworks) in LaValle for 30 years. For the last two years it has been my studio where I do my own work. My paintings are acrylic. I paint mostly landscapes of the area I live in, Sauk Co. Wisconsin. I seldom paint exact locations, but rather do composites. I try to capture the essence of this beautiful part of Wisconsin. I am mostly self-taught, so I am always learning. I do not teach classes, as I have developed many bad habits in my method of painting that I should not pass along. I live on a 5-generation family farm which has wonderful views in all directions. The hills across the road from our farm have been my teacher and I Incorporated them in a number of my paintings.
Special thanks to my family and patrons for their patience and continued support.
Artist Statement – I focus on weaving blankets with materials, patterns, and colors common to those used in our colonial period of the 1700 and 1800s. I wanted to weave blankets to be used by historical reenactors. Soon I realized that blankets woven in this way really are just as useful and beautiful today as they were centuries ago. I find that the characteristics of wool, the simple weaving patterns, and the basic colors lend themselves to endless creativity, beauty, and function. The end result is totally gratifying!
Artist Bio – I started learning to weave 23 years ago and have been weaving blankets for most of that time. My husband is a fur trade reenactor and gave me encouragement and advice on weaving wool blankets that would be desirable for reenactors. Over time, I’ve learned that weaving blankets for homes is just as desirable! Wool is my fiber of choice; linen and cotton are my other two favorites. I’ve had several wonderful mentors through the years that have given me informal “education” and coaching. I also work as a registered nurse, have two grown children and two dog “children”. As our children have grown and moved away, I’ve filled rooms with looms and weaving paraphernalia!
Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.
LIsa is also the Executive Director at The Crossings Arts Alliance at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, MN.
So, how do I get my name on the list?
The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.