Amy Hemphill Dove refers to herself as a “dyed in the wool” fiber artist.
Amy was born and raised in West Chester, PA, into a family of artists and collectors, earned a BSc from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and for several years designed Jacquard fabrics ranging from abstract to traditional; from this she developed 'Weavart,’ reweaving these commercial designs of hers into woven collages.
Amy has become fascinated with wet felt making and the various textures and blends she can create through the process. She combines different materials - mostly hand-dyed - to create layers of new textural expressions all while embracing the visceral nature of the fibers.
"From the very beginning of my felt experience, felting, the process of transforming wisps of wool and silk into felted cloth with a little soapy water and physically massaging the fibers has struck me as magical. It's that magical process, with its playful nature and subtle shifts, that leads to experimentation. My designs come from many hours of saying "what happens if..."
Amy’s creativity flows mostly from the magnificent beauty of nature: The variety of colors and textures in flowers, trees, and creatures are her boundless inspiration. The power of the sea, the rustling of the forest, the singing of birds, and the beauty of sunrises and sunsets all lay an indelible imprint on Amy’s work and are reflected in the textures, color palettes, and compositions she creates.
Amy has been an active member of the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery as well as the St. Augustine Art Association since 2013, having won many awards for her feltworks. She regularly presents her pieces in art shows and exhibitions along the East Coast.
ACAG is excited to Promote Alexter Albury as its September Featured Artist of the Month!
Come in to see all of Alexter's works and works by thirteen additional local Artisans!