We had the studio painted with a fresh coat of paint and  we’re excited about our new show for February, “Heart and Soul,” at Fiberworks Studio 14 at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.

Artwork at Fiberworks Studio

“Heart and Soul” February 2019 Show at Fiberworks Studio

The featured art this month is Mend, a large scale piece by studiomate Tamara Embrey, shown at left in the photo above. Tamara designed Mend several years ago in response to heart related illnesses experienced by people close to her. The piece was created using recycled sweaters, including some belonging to the artist. She cut up the sweater fabric and sewed it into new shapes, including long tails of thread that add movement to the composition.

Also shown on the back wall of the gallery is one of Tamara’s “Love” skirts, which she makes out of recycled sweaters, and a lovely red silk shawl woven by Heasoon Rhee.

My wall at the front of the gallery is the featured image on the page above. I have small wall hangings, pillows, coasters, note cards, and fabric necklaces for sale at the studio, in addition to signed copies of my book, Artful Improv.

Four 12" square art quilts - Cindy Grisdela

Small Art Quilts at Fiberworks – Cindy Grisdela


Gift Items at Fiberworks- Cindy Grisdela

Coasters, Cards and Fabric Necklaces at Fiberworks – Cindy Grisdela


Decorative Pillows at Fiberworks - Cindy Grisdela

Decorative Pillows at Fiberworks – Cindy Grisdela

Also included in the show is a wide variety of artwork from the other seven members of the studio featuring the color red, such as felted scarves and hats, decorative wall quilts and pillows, leather purses, shibori dyed scarves, fingerless gloves and more.

The show will be up until March 4, 2019. Fiberworks is located in Studio 14 on the first floor. Hours are 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM every day.

Fiberworks is one of the original founding studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at 105 N. Union St. in Alexandria, VA. Working with a wide range of materials, including silk, paper, leather, wool, cotton and recycled materials, the eight artists who belong to Fiberworks create both wearable and decorative works of art.

If you’re in the DC area, or planning to visit soon, put us on your list of places to see!