Dianne Shullenberger creates intimate fabric landscapes, sculptures and colored pencil drawings. In her fiber artwork, Dianne uses hundreds of pieces of fabric and fiber scraps to convey the random beauty and mystery of nature. Her sculptures reflect the grace of natural shapes while incorporating elements such as feathers, rocks and sticks. A passionate outdoors woman, Dianne’s art reflects the places she loves.
Recognition: Numerous museums and galleries have exhibited Dianne’s work in both solo and group shows. She has been recognized with awards and feature publications. Her work is regularly commissioned and displayed in corporate, museum and private collections. Of particular note are:
- Vermont State Governor’s Gallery featured artist 2014
- Winner-2013 Loeschner Art Competition Fredrik Meijer Museum, Grand Rapids MI
- Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection The Woods, fabric collage, 1996
- Art Institute of Chicago, Contemporary Fiber Art of the 20th Century, 2009
Technique: Dianne has a passion for artistic re-use. She grew up surrounded by her mother’s fashion design work. Today, her collection of fabrics speaks of this history and provides a treasure trove for new works. A single collage may have hundreds of fabrics, including old ties and scarves, which Dianne manipulates by wrinkling, coiling, pulling threads and cutting through layers, constantly altering the fabrics. The images in her fabric collages are developed with small individual pieces that are meticulously pinned in place, then, top stitched with different colored threads. She machine stitches the pieces to the background, varying stitch patterns, techniques and colors to subdue shapes, soften edges and clarify the design.
Studio: Dianne’s studio and the Shullenberger Gallery are located in Jericho Vermont. During the summer, she works at her tree house studio on the shores of Lake Michigan.