As a young girl, I often found myself in the company of my mother as she embroidered, needlepointed, crocheted, and sewed clothes and household linens. Hands and mind were never idle. A life long love of color, texture, and tactile quality of fabric and fibers was only natural. I followed mother’s footsteps and embraced hand and machine stitching early in life as a way to create, relax, meditate, and occupy myself after a day of work/school.
After moving to Florida some 20 years ago, I discovered traditional quilting, learning the “correct way” of piecing and appliquéing block after block. Just as my interest was waning (not having the temperament to sew the same block/design over and over again), I was fortunate enough to attend a surface design workshop with Jane Dunnewold of Complex Cloth and more recently Artcloth. My creative artsy self emerged.
Ever since that surface design workshop, I enjoy and live for the spontaneous process of surface designing: dyeing, monoprinting, printing, stenciling, screening, painting, stamping, foiling, and discharging. I use this unique cloth as a basis for my art. An idea from a photo, another artwork, or Mother Nature herself, or a fabric itself will spark my interest and a new piece begins. I may use the art cloth as a whole or cut up different fabrics to piece, appliqué and/or fuse together. My preference is to create my own fabrics, although I will use commercially printed fabrics that I had collected prior to designing my own. The design process is the same whether I use my own fabrics or the commercial cloth. Once my “canvas” is created, I use my home sewing machine to attach this top to batting and backing fabric. I treat my sewing machine as a drawing tool, enhancing the piece with different threads and various free motion sketching. I often embellish with hand stitching, beads, buttons, shells, twigs, etc. to finish the piece.
I recently added a new art process of hand and mechanical needle felting. I take bits and pieces of fabrics, roving, yarns, and threads to totally create a cloth to use in my work.
Even though I use fabric, fibers, and thread as my medium, my artwork is not meant for the bed but for the wall like an oil or watercolor painting. All in all, surrounded by fabrics, yarns, threads and paints, I thoroughly enjoy the freedom of creating art while grabbing glimpses the beautiful sand dunes and ocean while working in my home studio in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.
Diane Hamburg has been an award winner in the Island Art Association’s bi-monthly Nouveau Art exhibits – themed juried art exhibit. She has been also an award winner at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival of Fernandina; Autumn Art Festival, Fernandina Beach; Art in the Park of Charlotte, NC; Quiltfest, Jacksonville, Florida; and at the Manuyunk Art Festival of Philadelphia, PA, St. Augustine Art Association, FL, and the OrlandoExpo and Art Festival, FL. My art has been published in the following publications: Creative Ways with Books and Journals; Artists of Amelia; Lark Books: The Natural World and Portraits; Stampington Magazine - Spring 2011.
Diane Hamburg displays her art in Neptune Beach, FL at First Street Gallery and Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St. Augustine besides the Art Associations and various venues with FAN .