We are excited to continue our weekly series, FeelGood Features, with fiber artist Skye Rayburn! FeelGood Features will showcase artitsts that work primarily with upcycled/recycled and sustainable materials. Because it’s not only important WHY we quilt, but it’s also important HOW we quilt. Our hope is that this series will introduce you to artists that you will love learning about and demonstrate the ways in which you, too, can incorporate sustainable materials into your craft. Thanks for being here!
About Skye: I grew up with my mom quilting every now and then. I thought it was “old lady” stuff. Ha! I did not start sewing until college, when I decided to study fashion in 2001. I took some mandatory fibers classes and my love for textiles grew from there. Fast forward to 2011 with me working as a textile designer for JCPenney, and I was so burned out. I started making quilts as a way of creating something tangible and something that contained both function and beauty.
How do you source your materials?
Were there any particular challenges or surprises to using upcycled materials?
What would be your advice to someone who is curious about using sustainable materials in their own work?
Thank you, Skye! What great advice! To follow along with Skye, find her gorgeous account on Instagram.