Phyllis Lear

Fiber / Natchitoches, LA

Artist Statement

My work encompasses who and what I come into contact with on a daily basis. For me, art is everywhere. Any life experience can become a work of art.

Most recently, I have begun to explore the fabric Yo-Yo (Suffolk Puff) as an art form. Traditionally used as a quilting technique, I have appropriated the Yo-Yo as a module for building fine art pieces.

I have sewn since I was eight years old. Most of the women in my family sew – my sisters, my mother, my grandmother, and godmother. I clearly remember my Grandmother Lear hand-quilting in the middle of her tiny living room – the quilt taking up nearly all of the available space.

I continue to honor her and that tradition.