Gwyned Trefethen

Appleton, WI US

GwynedTrefethen@mac.com

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Artist Information for Gwyned Trefethen

My fascination with value resulted in using value changes to create subtlety, sharp edges, shadow, dappled light and luminosity. Value is the first consideration when I start a new artwork. Through careful selection of fabric and thread I am able to bring emphasis to areas of an artwork while allowing other areas to recede.

Value is as integral to my work as mastering the technical aspects of sewing. I find that understanding the unique challenges fabric brings to value is an ongoing learning process. I favor commercial fabrics, which may include multi values of the same hue or many hues. These can be challenging, like being a pointillist laying down many colored dots to achieve a single color.

Observation and experimentation have been the foundation of my education. I continue to study art and the world around me to learn what makes an image “sing”.  I also bring this experience to my role as a teacher of fiber art.  To succeed in this role I must break down all aspects of my medium from sewing skills to principles of design.  I have found that helping my students has helped me to hone my own skills.

My work is exhibited nationally and internationally. Examples of my work can be found in multiple publications and on the web. Botswana Bounty was featured on the title page of 500 Art Quilts (Lark 2010). In 2013 my piece, Insomnia, received second place in the Infinity Art Quilt Gallery’s “Black and White Expo. I lecture, teach and create work on commission.

 
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Deconstructed Sunrise #3

Deconstructed Sunrise #358.5" H x 39" W   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

A photograph taken by Dana B. Eagles, the artist’s husband inspired the Deconstructed Sunrise series, beginning with Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts. Sections of the photograph in various scales are included in each piece in the series. The objective with Deconstructed Sunrise #3 is to create a sense of movement similar to time lapsed photography as the sun rises from the horizon and takes its place in the sky for the day.



Deconstructed Sunrise #2

Deconstructed Sunrise #28" H x 10" W   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

A photograph taken by Dana B. Eagles inspired the Deconstructed Sunrise series, beginning with Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts. The objective with Deconstructed Sunrise #2 was to simplify the image to suit smaller dimensions without loosing strong graphic impact.



Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts

Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts15" H x 22" W   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

A photograph taken by Dana B. Eagles inspired Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts. The goal was to capture the contradicting emotions of effervescence and calm experienced when viewing the sunrise.



Deconstructed Sunrise

Deconstructed Sunrise24" H x 36" W   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

A photograph taken by Dana B. Eagles inspired the Deconstructed Sunrise series, beginning with Sunrise Over Little Lake Butte des Morts. Sections of the photograph in various scales are included in each piece in the series. The objective with Deconstructed Sunrise #1 was to capture the palette and glory of the sunrise in an abstracted manner.