FIBER ARTS and MIXED MEDIA

POR AMOR A LAS TELAS Y TRAPOS OR HOW I STARTED...

As a kid, my creative mother and grandmother would often take me in search for materials for their projects and these felt like adventures. My first visit to a fabric bazaar with them left quite an impression...I wandered off and got lost within a sea of materials. It was overwhelming, but beautiful and I wanted to stay there forever. After this experience, I collected fabric scraps from the floor around my grandmother's sewing machine and spent days admiring their patterns and textures. 

On my 10th birthday, my parents gave me my first camera, a purple Vivitar. My father's scientific curiosity for the origin of memory and the sudden passing of one of my best friends at that young age, instilled in me an obsession with time. I wanted to make it stand still, as if that would keep everyone safe. So I photographed all our gatherings. But since I was always curious about the shape of things, I also took pictures of strange clouds, rocks, furniture and interesting objects. Years later, in college, I abandoned the idea of becoming a journalist and decided to channel my love for art, design, photography and textiles.

Texture and repetition are important elements in all of my pieces. Any material that bends like fabric inspires me to create. I repurpose discarded ones for obvious environmental reasons and use vinyl often (since it's hard to find a recycling center for it). Its sheen adds a "Kitsch" look that creates a fun, visual contrast when paired with cotton fabrics. I also use clear vinyl to create pockets, barriers or "nichos", probably alluding to the childish obsession I had of keeping memories intact and protected. I explore themes that were instilled by the women on my mother's side, such as magical thinking or myths (present in some of my drawings too). But when working with fibers/ mixed media, I also include themes that affect me personally, like culture clash, language mix, nostalgia.

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Selected fiber artworks and mixed media:

Trapitos al Aire- Gone With The Wind (Infancia e Isla). Mixed media installation. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
Trapitos al Aire- Gone With The Wind (Infancia e Isla). Mixed media installation. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
Mangrove. Fiber sculpture/assemblage. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
Mangrove. Fiber sculpture/assemblage. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
If You Want It Done Right, D. I. Y. Mixed media, assemblage, installation. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
If You Want It Done Right, D. I. Y. Mixed media, assemblage, installation. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
Detail of installation: If You Want It Done Right, D. I. Y. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.
Detail of installation: If You Want It Done Right, D. I. Y. Sandra Pérez-Ramos.