December 2, 2009

Featured Artist: Diane Prekup, fiber artist

Author: Cathy Lynn

cathy-n-prekup_blogFiber artist, Diane Prekup, creates colorful, one-of-a- kind, exquisitely handmade wearable art. Assembled and sewn, the fiber created is a web-like texture. Her one-of-a-kind creations are assembled with yarns, thread, bamboo, ribbons, silk, nylon, and velvet. She does not use needles, hooks, or a loom in creating her “gypsy lace.” Assembled and sewn, the fiber created is a web-like texture of yarns, suspiciously random in effect but purposeful in design.

An art director for 15 years, Diane made the transition from working with hot glass to working with fabric and fiber. In 2007, she was an American Craft Council NICHE Magazine Finalist in Fiber: Surface Design for her Velvet Shawl. She also won the People’s Choice Award at the 2007 Uncommon Threads Fashion Show in Chicago. She is a member of Florida Craftsman, Handweavers Guild of America, and American Craft Council and teaches classes in textile arts such as scarf painting.

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