Sandi Keiser

As an artist I experience color, pattern, and fabric as multi-sensory—they evoke places, smells, tastes, sounds, and textures from places I’ve been and the world around me.  Shibori dyeing and felting are my mediums of expression.

Shibori is about serendipity—the wonder of new, beautiful patterns waiting to be discovered.  The magic begins with a concept, a palette, the exploration of a technique—and often results in an unexpected surprise. The way color behaves constantly inspires and seduces me. The term shibori comes from Japan and refers to the manipulation of fabric into a three-dimensional form and then applying color using a resist.

Felting adds texture to my artistic world. I use wet felting and nuno felting as an extension of my dyeing work.  Wet felting is a technique that manipulates wool fiber or roving by adding warm soapy water and agitating the fibers until they link together into one solid piece of cloth.  Nuno felting is a form of wet felting where the fibers are laid on a silk base before felting. I can dye the wool roving or silk base to customize the color. I love the challenge of manipulating felt into 3-D forms.

A 40-year career in fashion education at Mount Mary University wove the fabric of my retirement. Travel opportunities, an interest in textiles, and a well-honed sensitivity to color feed my creativity—retirement has given me the gift of time.