Heather Kerley, Fiber Art
Heather Kerley is a mixed media and fiber artist living in the Washington, D.C. area. She studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design before earning degrees in literature and gender studies. As a fiber artist committed to sustainability, she uses found and upcycled materials in much of her work. She has made dozens of abstract embroideries using found fabric such as vintage table linens and kimono silk scraps.
Currently, Kerley is also working on a series of quilts addressing climate change. These quilts use the tradition of memory and mourning quilts to grieve for all that is being lost to climate change from the receding arctic sea ice to the human lives lost in extreme weather events. A quilt brings to mind caretaking, heritage, and heirlooms. In other words, what kind of world are we leaving for our children?