Cheryl deene Hurd
Cheryl Deene Hurd is a textile and fiber artist. Her career in the sewing arts has been a lifetime of passion for textiles and design. As an apparel designer, custom clothier and sewing teacher for thirty years, Cheryl wanted to create more interest in her garments. This was accomplished by using techniques normally applied to quilts. Cheryl has been making traditional, improvisational, and abstract quilts for twenty-five years. Her attraction to quilts and the quilted surface is the texture created by piecing and layering fabrics together and the added dimension of the stitch. Combining garments and quilting techniques began the gradual development into Wearable Art. She has met her goal, to create art quilts that would meet the criteria to be exhibited in galleries and exhibitions with fine art. Cheryl’s cloth creations have come full circle, to accessorize the body, the bed and the wall. Her craft is fiber art. Her medium is fabric. Her tools are limitless.
The Maps of Migration: Roots and Remnants Series speak to the dispersion of a people from an established ancestral homeland. This is an original series based on stories of human movement from one place to another, over long distances. My maps are reflected in the uprooting of lives and the remnant of what is left. The theme of my work relates to migrating and planting and cultivating roots in new places while remaining a remnant. Roots are important to our existence. Roots hold us firm to our origin, our ancestry, our family, our culture. Roots are essential in that they reach for what they need to survive, thrive, and to live. Roots spread beneath the surface, underground, anchored by the essence for their source.
The remnants are the parts left, the bits and pieces of the whole. Maps of Migration reveal the roots being sustained in their vestige, of the remnant.
The quilted surface holds a deep fascination for me and is the perfect canvas to work with.
The Vessels I equate with our mortal flesh to that of the clay pot; of being temporal, worldly, fragile, broken, each one different from the other, but the same revealing the Hand of the Potter. The Vessels are important, but what is of value is stored up within, those virtuous characteristics, to be an instrument in carrying out our specific purpose, service, and talents from the gifts stored within.