Gwyned Trefethen

Cohasset, MA US


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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Siren's Song

Siren's Song72" x 56"   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

Leaning over the balcony of her ocean liner cabin the artist became mesmerized by the wake trailing the ship. The fluctuating patterns of swirling foam contrasting with the intense dappled greens of the sea created a Siren’s Song, begging for deeper study. Straightening up she was treated to a glorious sunset, as seductive as the ocean it was reflected in. Siren’s Song captures this experience using traditional blocks to create an abstraction of a photograph taken of the wake. Three different blocks, each playing homage to water through their names, were used. Intense free motion quilting designed to emulate foam and eddies completes the ocean illusion.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard47" x 31"   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

One of the joys of rising early to walk the neighborhood is being treated to the night sky transitioning to the morning sky. There is a point when night and day hang in the balance. This is my interpretation of that precious moment.

Cohasset Sunrise

Cohasset Sunrise82" x 59"   Photo by Dana B. Eagles

Cohasset is a small seaside town with wide vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect place for an early morning walk along the beach. Cohasset Sunrise celebrates the dawning of a new day when the light shifts in the sky and on the water.  

Deconstructed Sunrise #3

Deconstructed Sunrise #359" x 39"   Photo 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.