Ten years ago Wendy Carpenter started traveling to Mexico and Central America. Currently her focus is in Guatemala teaching the indigenous woman how to design, sew and market their hand-woven “Ikat” fabric. She works for three months in Guatemala and sells the finished products at her Fish Creek gallery/studio Interfibers to support the project. The UU Gallery exhibit will feature her 2013 wrap dress design resulting from this collaboration.
Carpenter has owned Interfibers (interfibers.com) for 33 years, where she displays her large-scale three-dimensional wall sculptures and the Jadeite jewelry she designs. Her wall sculptures express an impression of nature through form, color and tactile material. One of these wall hangings can be seen at the UU Fellowship as part of their permanent collection.
To her credit, Carpenter has twenty years of teaching experience, working with post-graduate students at the Instituto De Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, as a K-12 artist in residency at Gibraltar and Sevastopol school districts, and as an instructor at the Peninsula School of Art and The Clearing Folk School, and now in Central America.
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