Meet Sonya Phillips!
Sonya’s artists statement declares, “I am a maker."
My path started with macrame and sewing as a child, but knitting was the lingua franca I found in my twenties. The needle arts, traditionally associated with domesticity, are at once a display of femininity and a feminist statement. I have always straddled different worlds, whether through my mixed-race heritage or the mutually demanding roles of mother and artist. I am accustomed to the interplay and am at home in the places where art and craft intersect.
My work is born of patience. There is a simple intricacy in each stitch and an incremental care in making things by hand. I love to see how far I can push the craft or what unlikely material I can use. I am drawn to natural fibers and have respect for the direct connection to the plant or animal. I work primarily in small series, they might be discrete ideas or ones that feed from one to suggest another. There are times when the gestation of a piece guides the process. I take great pleasure in seeing an idea fully formed and even more so when the initial concept changes in a way that exceeds my expectations.”
Sonya will be at Makers Mercantile for a Meet and Greet on September 16th from 6pm - 7pm.
Please join Sonya for her class on Saturday, September 17 from 10am -3pm.
We look forward to seeing you!