K. Velis Turan (b. Washington, D.C.) is a mixed media fiber artist living and working in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
She now explores surface-design techniques which include silk screen printing, fabric painting, photo transfer and embellishing the whole-cloth surface of her work.
I have been an “art worker” for much of my life, doing layout and design for others. About 15 years ago, I found my “voice” for my own art in the medium of graphic fibers.
I feel that most fiber artists are under recognized, and their work is considered “craft” and not “art”. While I use quilting techniques in my work, these are not pieces to be pulled out on a cold night for extra warmth. They are instead, created to add extra dimension to the scenes and themes with which we surround ourselves to add meaning to our lives.
My textile pieces are derived from my interest in shapes, colors, reflections and the effects of shadow and light. In adapting graphic forms, I refine the core of my subject and omit all unessential elements to uncover its underlying character. Each piece becomes an intense exploration of the graphic matter; shapes, colors and textures brought together to become a cohesive work of art.
My work originally began as art quilts which were “pieced” together using individual, small pieces of commercial fabric. Then I started to dye my own fabric, and now most of my work can be described as surface-designed, mixed media, now evolving to include 3-dimensions sculptural works and beyond.