Mixed media fabric artist Yvette Poole studied painting in art school at East Carolina and pursued jewelry making for some time. It was the birth of her daughter that inspired her career as creator of unique clothing. “I made a quilt for my new born and it inspired me to explore more work with fabrics,” she recalls. Her daughter is now 12 years old and Yvette has honed her fabric skills to a unique line of apparel and accessories. “I mainly work with wool and appliqué a variety of leather, beads, embroidery and painted designs to the garments,” she explains. “I especially like to make ornate detachable collars, skirts, dresses and most recently tapestries,” she adds. She employs a variety of vintage and new fabrics and does more hand stitching than machine work.
“I am constantly inspired to experiment with new media,” Yvette notes. The natural world around her – tangled vines, spreading mosses, dangling leaves, reaching branches – are all represented in her imaginative fabric art. “At the core of everything I make is a love of the strange and mysterious, the beauty in nature and the ethereal place in the universe we inhabit.”
Yvette’s works sell from $100 to $400. It is available on her website www.zenarola.com. She will make her debut to the Chatham Studio Tour the first two weeks of December. She will show her apparel along with two other arts in the Santosa Healing Arts Studio in Moncure.
Visitors to this year’s Tour will find in Yvette Poole’s art, clothing that they have never seen before. “I want my pieces to inspire and provide people with unique expressions of themselves.”