Artist Bio and Statement

Shari Ellen Wolf Boraz

Shari Boraz has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she majored in textile design.

Despite the fact that Shari has been involved in fiber arts since the 1970s, she sees herself as an artist who happens to work in fiber. Her primary media is hand-embroidery on natural textiles, and/or textiles that she has either hand-dyed or digitally created. Though her art is presented as 2-dimensional wall art, she attempts to capture the 4th dimension of time, or the progression of time, rather than a snapshot.

Boraz designs as she sews, constantly taking into account the visual impact both near and far. The end product is meant to be striking from a distance, yet intimate when viewed up close. Her goal is to attract the observer to the art by using color and composition, prompting the viewer to wonder about what they are seeing, and then ideally, to provoke them towards their own creativity.

She often uses the French knot stitch by mixing complementary threads, creating a vibrating pointillist effect inspired by Georges-Pierre Seurat. In addition to using a variety of embroidery stitches and color combinations, she employs weaving techniques to create nuanced coloration.

Shari has exhibited her work in juried and invitational exhibitions across the country and abroad.  She is a member of the Textile Society of America, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and the AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Born: Chicago, IL
Lives and Works: Hanover, NH

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Expression through fiber