Jerry Ann Dowdle

"My goal is to transform used (tattered) textiles into wearables that are thought provoking, aesthetically pleasing, and flattering to wear. Recycled wool sweater fiber, for example, is manipulated using a combination of felting, dying, and sewing techniques. The loosely woven wool fiber is condensed when agitated and becomes stronger and stiffer, therefore, conducive to the creation of hats and gloves. During the process, the melding of fibers results in new colors, textures, and shapes. Additionally, design ideas evolve during this process. I, thus, "Tame the Tattered" by transforming recycled textiles into pieces of art-to-wear.
I am concerned about the impact of waste upon our environment, especially plastic. I use recycled textiles that are of high-quality natural plant or animal fiber (mostly wools) as my raw materials. To my surprise I've found that using these materials has given me a chance to experiment with the substance and characteristics of the most common as well as; obscure, unusual, and unique fibers".