ARTIST Teri Fridley

I grew up in a family of female makers. They sewed, made stunning quilts, embroidered, decorated their homes. However, none of these women considered themselves artists (which, of course, they were). I came to think of myself as an artist later in life. After leaving teaching I took some art classes at the local community college and attended classes at Penland School of Craft. And I fell in love with paper. I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the sound of tearing and of scissors slicing through it. I love the history that old books, magazines and ephemera bring. This love has led me to pursue the art of collage and sculpting from old books.

My collage and sculptural works come almost exclusively from vintage materials. I especially love old textbooks, children’s books, cookbooks, and women’s magazines. I go where the ephemera takes me. Jello molds as hats on ladies out of Good Housekeeping? Wonderful! Bird heads on models out of Vogue? Perfect! Wings growing from an old biology textbook? But, of course! Time in my studio brings me great joy which I hope the viewer feels.