FIBER ARTS and MIXED MEDIA

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

My grandmother taught me how to hand sew, cross-stitch and work with clay and molds. My mother and her would take me in what seemed like adventures, in search for new materials for their creative projects. 

My first visit to a bazaar left quite an impression. This was in Puerto Rico during the late 70's. I wandered off and got lost within a sea of fabrics. Retro patterns, African, Indian and tropical motifs had been all the rage. Geometrics and block color combinations were starting to trend. There were hundreds of colorful bolts on display, covering every wall from top to bottom. Fabrics that I recognize today as Traditional Chintz, Moirés, velvets and funky prints were laying on tables and in baskets. It was overwhelming but beautiful, I wanted to stay there forever. 

After this experience, I collected the fabric scraps from the floor around my grandmother's sewing machine table. I kept them in a little box and spent hours admiring their colors, patterns and textures.

On my 10th birthday, my parents gave me a purple Vivitar. My father's scientific curiosity for thoughts and memory and the sudden passing of one of my best friends, instilled in me an obsession with time, I wanted to make everything stand still, to keep it forever. 

So, in college, I decided to pursue my passions for textiles, design and photography. Any material that bends like fabric inspires me to design and create. I like to repurpose discarded ones for obvious environmental reasons. One example is vinyl, it's very difficult to find a recycling center for it and its artificial texture and sheen adds a "Kitsch" look and humor (I like using whimsy and irreverence, even when approaching serious topics). I layer it and pair it with soft fabrics as a way to highlight contradiction.Texture and repetition are elements found in all my fiber works. I explore abstraction or mystical themes  instilled by my aunt, mother and grandmother like myth, luck, magical thinking and others like culture clash, language mix, nostalgia. 

I let the materials and the moment guide me in the creative process.

SP-R

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.