My work is made entirely of felted wool I make and dye by hand. Making my own materials is an important part of my artistic process because it allows me to have a hand in every aspect of creating my art from start to finish. The unpredictability involved always yields unique and interesting results. Oftentimes holes, irregular edges and sizes, and interesting variations in color and texture occur. I never get the same shape or color twice, making each piece of felt I create totally one of a kind. I use the material and its imperfections to inspire me and guide my decision-making process about the art I create with it. Using traditional fiber art techniques such as felting, dyeing, applique, reverse applique, and stitching, I turn what was once just plain white wool into colorful and dynamic abstract landscapes.
My inspiration comes from aerial photography, satellite images, and textures and shapes found in nature. From high above, the details of a place are stripped away leaving only an elegant design of intersecting, shapes, colors, and lines. I look at thousands of miles of land and turn it into mere inches of stitched felt, providing a unique overview of an expansive space that cannot adequately be seen and understood from the ground. I am particularly interested in representing landscapes where natural and man-made environments intersect and have a compelling influence on each other. I often use as inspiration areas affected by climate change, natural disasters, and human use. My intent is to create a simplified and thought-provoking way to view land, our impact on it, and relationship to it while leaving the work open to interpretation, putting no demands on the viewer to see one particular type of landscape over another.
Taylor Painter-Wolfe is a fiber artist and art teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She majored in fiber art at the Kansas City Art Institute where she learned how to make and dye felted wool, which she used to create clothing, costumes, and fine art pieces. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003, Taylor traveled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia which greatly influenced her development as a fiber artist and inspired her to use elements of texture, shape, and pattern found in natural environments.
Taylor then lived in Washington State where she focused mostly on wearable, handmade felt items to sell at boutiques and craft shows. She also attended The University of Washington and received a Masters of Education in early childhood special education. In 2011, she returned to Tulsa where she has taught special education, preschool, and art in various Tulsa Public Schools.
Taylor now divides her time between making and showing her work and teaching art to children and adults. She creates felt abstract landscapes using traditional fiber art techniques. Her work is inspired by aerial photography and satellite images of compelling landscapes. Taylor’s work has appeared in many exhibitions locally and regionally. Her first solo exhibition, “The View From Above,” was at AHHA in 2016, followed by “Don’t Look Down,” at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and “Earth and Sky,” at Living Arts Tulsa. “Green Country Air,” an installation of Taylor’s work was on view at the Tulsa International Airport for all of 2018 and in 2019 she had exhibitions at The Black Wall Street Gallery, The Wild Fork, and the Walter Arts Center Holliman Gallery at Holland Hall.