Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that fiber artist Gwyned has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.
Gwyned Trefethen didn’t plan on being an artist. When she retired from her business career to raise her family, she knew she would need an outside hobby for self-fulfillment. She signed up for a traditional quilt class with the idea that she could make quilts to gift to friends and family. Soon she opted to modify quilt patterns rather than make them as is. Within a few years, she said goodbye to patterns completely, making fiber art of her own design.
A self-taught artist, Gwyned embraces the challenge of learning what she can about design principles and exploring media other than fiber. The lessons she learns infuse her art leading to new lessons to be explored. One avenue of exploration she returns to repeatedly is value. Thus her series, Shifting Values is born. It depicts what happens when the value is shifted across the quilted canvas in two opposing directions.
Her fascination with value is expressed in subtlety, sharp edges, shadow, dappled light, and luminosity. Value is the first consideration when Gwyned Trefethen starts her artwork. Through careful selection of fabric and thread, she is able to bring emphasis to areas of an artwork while allowing other areas to recede.
Value is as integral to her work as mastering the technical aspects of sewing. She finds that understanding the unique challenges fabric brings to value is an ongoing learning process. She favors commercial fabrics, which may include multi-values of the same hue or many hues. She becomes a pointillist laying down many colored dots to achieve a single color.
Observation and experimentation have been the focus of Gwyned Trefethen’s education. She continues to study art and the world around her to learn what makes an image “sing”. She also brings this experience to her role as a teacher of fiber art. To succeed in this role she finds it necessary to break down all aspects of her medium from sewing skills to principles of design. She finds helping her students helps her hone her own skills.
Gwyned’s work is exhibited around the globe. Examples of her work can be found in multiple publications, in private collections, and on several websites, including her own. She is a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists and a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilts Associates. She serves as the Chair of Studio Art Quilt Associates’ Exhibition Committee. www.gwynedtrefethen.com