AYA "fern" symbol of endurance and resourcefulness The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. "An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty."

AYA "fern" symbol of endurance and resourcefulness The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. "An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty."

WELCOME TO THE AYA FIBER STUDIO!

In 2009, the AYA fiber studio was born. After losing my job in the Construction Industry, I began recreating myself toward producing my art on a full time basis. In an effort to have a place to exhibit my work, I also opened a Fine Art Gallery. The Gallery business was very consuming and I found little time for my own artistic creativity, but I loved the artists and I loved talking to the collectors coming to the gallery so I channeled my energy into creating a beautiful gallery space. After 4 years in Saxapahaw, North Carolina the gallery relocated back "home" to sunny south Florida. After being broken into in numerous times in our new location, I decided that this was not how I wanted to come to my gallery, I could not operate from a place of fear. no matter how beautiful the space and the art was, everything was tarnished by the crimes. With great sadness and disappointment I closed the gallery. I reopened all the boxes from my NC studio and I went back to creating my art and before I knew it I was learning new techniques and excited again.  The AYA or Fern is an African Adinka symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. "An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities.

I call myself a fiber artist. I love art and I have always enjoyed making art. I have tried many different mediums but always return to fiber and textile art.  I am a seamstress and a designer and I have always been intrigued by textiles; and especially if the fiber has a beautiful texture that makes you want to reach out and touch it! I love layering color and combining different tactile fibers.

My work is inspired by my life in south Florida and my times living in the Caribbean islands. I am drawn to the colors of a setting sun and the Indigo blues of the sky and the sea. 

What I love about fiber art is the surprise element - the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step. The magic when the freshly dyed indigo comes out of the vat and turns from green to blue right before your eyes!  It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I currently specialize in Shibori and Batik. For me, these art forms are an excuse to use vibrant colors and simple shapes to produce designs, without having to worry too much about the details –just as in life, there are no "mistakes" with fiber, and everything is always subject to change.  The imperfections are all part of the creative process. I typically use African Adinka symbols as inspirations in my batik prints and create my own stamps.

I am always learning new techniques and experimenting with them. Every piece created is a unique one of a kind original!