Phyllis Lear

Fiber / Thibodaux, LA

Artist Statement

I create floor cloths, table runners, place mats, coasters and window treatments using cotton canvas of differing weights.

Designs are based on china patterns, fabrics, antique furnishings, and nature. I make my own stencils and draw all of my designs using fabric pencils.

Floor Cloths: Floor cloths are a very old form of art used to decorate homes and to keep cold out during winter seasons. They were replaced by linoleum flooring. Floor cloths are perfect area rugs for people with allergies or those of us who think fuzzy carpets and rugs are "ucky". These works of art are great for protecting hard floors (wood, tile, brick, concrete.) They are not meant to be placed on top of carpeting.Each floor cloth is hand constructed of primed #4 & #6 cotton duck canvas. The designs are executed in acrylic paint then protected with three layers of clear acrylic sealer with a final protective coat of bowling alley wax. These cloths can be dusted and damp mopped, just as you would any linoleum floor.

Table Runners, Place Mats & Coasters: These practical works of art add a decorative element to table tops, sideboards, counters and bars. They also serve to protect surfaces from water spots and wear and tear. Table runners, place mats and coasters are constructed in much the same fashion as floor cloths. I use #12 cotton duck canvas - cut to size, primed and painted with acrylics. Each finished piece is coated with three layers of acrylic sealer then a thin coat of wax is applied.

Window Treatments: I can construct custom valances and shades using #12 cotton duck canvas. Again, the canvas is cut, primed, drawn, painted with acrylics then sealed and waxed.

I can customize any size and design for all of the home decorating items listed above.


Phyllis Lear was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in a rich Cajun culture of story telling and joie de vie. She attended several Louisiana universities, earning a BA in Art & Industrial Arts Education (ULL) and three graduate degrees – one in art history (LSU) and two in visual arts (Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech).

In 2005, Lear received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawing/collages have been exhibited throughout the United States. Private collectors from Toronto to New Orleans exhibit her art in their homes and offices.

Phyllis worked as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer in 2011 for CASA of Lafourche. She is also a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. She is self-employed and owns her own business: illearstrations.

She lives in Thibodaux, Louisiana.