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Carol Fitzsimons: Fiber Images

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 03, 5-7pm


The predominant subject of my work is the natural world: fish, birds, reptiles and flowers most of which can be found in the ponds, woods, marshes, coastal waters or along the roadsides of Cape Cod.   The inspiration for the medium that I work in came from pictures that my grandmother used to make in embroidery and needlepoint.  While using the same materials that she used (embroidery thread and yarn), my particular technique developed as a result of my inability to sew.  The technique was self-imagined and self-taught and continues to evolve with an increasing level of detail and intricacy.

I first sketch the image(s) on canvas board and then “rough color” them and the background with paint in the predominate colors of the fibers that I plan to use.  Then, I cut the various fibers individually and affix them to the canvas with glue, using a tooth-pick to push the threads as close together as possible.   A good deal of consideration is made in selecting the particular fibers to be used in each picture in order to give each image the similar variations of texture, color and luster that can be found in the real-life subject.

The larger pictures (2’ X 3’) take 100 to 150 hours to complete. Most of the smaller pictures (16” x 20”) take 30 to 45 hours to complete. Some of the more detailed smaller works take much longer.


My work has been accepted at juried exhibits at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Center and Provincetown Art Association and Museum and has been exhibited and sold at Curiouser and Curiouser in Wellfleet, MA.   In 2016, I was accepted a member of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen - one of the oldest professional fine craft organizations in New England.

I have been vacationing with my family in Wellfleet since the mid 50’s and was fortunate enough to be able to move here permanently in 2013 after retiring from a career as an insurance underwriter in New York City.  Retirement has afforded me the time to pursue my artwork on a serious basis.


Earlier Event: January 20
Peter Lenrow _Wonder