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. 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, a surface that involves the senses and makes you reach out and touch it! I love layering color and combining different tactile fibers.

 My work is inspired by my time spent in south Florida and the Caribbean islands. The colors of a setting sun, The Indigo blues of the sky and the sea. Tropical Flowers

What I love about fiber art is its random results - the mixture of the fabric, the dye and the resist create different combinations of results that are only revealed at the final step. It is always a surprise when I unwrap a freshly dyed piece of fabric! I 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!