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Creative Spotlight : West Virginia Fiber Artist – Jane Frenke


In our new series, Getting To Know You, the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts will introduce you to artists and makers living and working in West Virginia.

Meet Jane Frenke of Fiesta Fibers

Jane Frenke, Fiber Artist, Morgan County, West Virginia

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I am a fiber artist and I love what I do!  I’m a member of the Morgan Arts Council, the Piedmont Craftsmen’s guild and the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild. I have an open studio during the Berkeley Springs Studio Tour on the fourth weekend in October.

In addition to my Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hill University, I studied Art Education at New York University.  Many classes in fiber arts and many awards for the same!

My mother did try very hard to have me learn to hand stitch, but once I saw that sewing machine it was all machine all the time! After being a hand weaver for 25 years, I took to using the left over pieces of handwoven fabric to piece quilts. The rest is history.  I love quilting and making my own fabric by dyeing, printing and stamping on the fabric to make my own work.

Click here to enjoy a conversation with the artist as she shares her passion for fiber arts.

Jane Frenke, Fiber Artist, Morgan County, West Virginia (via ArtVoiceWV)


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This video has been made available by ArtVoiceWV and 78 Degrees West Films.

ArtVoiceWV is an online series that profiles West Virginia artists in partnership with the Morgan Arts Council and Fairfax Coffee House. Watch other artists at www.artvoicewv.com. This video was produced by 78 Degrees West Films, shot with a Canon XF300 and a Canon EOS T3i, and was edited and color graded with FCPX.

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About the Artist:

Jane Frenke is an award-winning weaver and quilter. She earned undergraduate degree in graphic arts from Seaton Hill College. After leaving New York University, Jane started her career as a weaver. Her hand weaving business featuring woven clothing and home decoration evolved into an umbrella for creativity in fiber — clothing, fabric dying, quilting, wall hanging and more. After 28 years as a weaver, Jane decided to buy cloth rather than make it but she is still intimately involved in the process, creating dynamically dyed and stenciled fabrics. Visit Jane’s website at www.fiestafibers.com.

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About The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts:

The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts builds the creative economy of West Virginia through artist entrepreneurship. When West Virginia creative entrepreneurs are given the boost needed to build their businesses and access new markets, the results include increased national visibility, healthier communities, and a stronger economy reflecting our state’s proud heritage of art and craft. Creative innovation comprises a vital and growing piece of our economy.

Find out more about our work at www.tamarackfoundation.org.