Sharron Parker

BIOGRAPHY

Sharron Parker received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying education, art, and interior design.  She continued her studies in textiles at Penland School of Arts and Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

In 1980 she began working in handmade felt, after seeing 2,500-year-old felts from an archaeological dig in Siberia.  The simplicity of the process – working combed wool in hot water until the fibers lock – provided the chance to work spontaneously and experiment with a technique few contemporary artists were using.

Over the last 34 years, Sharron has developed her own approach to the medium of handmade felt, creating wall pieces with an emphasis on color and surface texture.  She has exhibited throughout the United States -- in CraftForms at the Wayne Art Center, PA; Crafts National at the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS;  Architectural Digest Show in NYC, New York; and numerous solo shows. Awards include the Surface Design Association Award of Excellence, Members Show, San Antonio, TX; Award of Excellence at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA; and the Goodnight Award of Excellence, 12th Annual Juried Arts Exhibition, Cary, NC. International exhibits have been in Armenia and Turkmenistan, arranged by the Art in Embassies Program of the State Department.

Publications featuring her work include Surface Design Journal, The Crafts Report, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, The Fiberarts Design Book, 1000 Artisan Textiles, and 500 Felt Objects. She has taught workshops throughout the U.S., including for the Surface Design Association's Conference in Minneapolis and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee.

In 1980 she began working in handmade felt, after seeing 2,500-year-old felts from an archaeological dig in Siberia.  The simplicity of the process – working combed wool in hot water until the fibers lock – provided the chance to work spontaneously and experiment with a technique few contemporary artists were using.

Over the last 34 years, Sharron has developed her own approach to the medium of handmade felt, creating wall pieces with an emphasis on color and surface texture.  She has exhibited throughout the United States -- in CraftForms at the Wayne Art Center, PA; Crafts National at the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS;  Architectural Digest Show in NYC, New York; and numerous solo shows. Awards include the Surface Design Association Award of Excellence, Members Show, San Antonio, TX; Award of Excellence at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA; and the Goodnight Award of Excellence, 12th Annual Juried Arts Exhibition, Cary, NC. International exhibits have been in Armenia and Turkmenistan, arranged by the Art in Embassies Program of the State Department.

Publications featuring her work include Surface Design Journal, The Crafts Report, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, The Fiberarts Design Book, 1000 Artisan Textiles, and 500 Felt Objects. She has taught workshops throughout the U.S., including for the Surface Design Association's Conference in Minneapolis and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee.