My name is Grace Sowyrda and I’m a painter, photographer, poet and fiber artist. I graduated from Skidmore College in 2020. There I studied environmental studies and studio art. I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was in preschool I wrote and illustrated stories and would come home with multiple sculptures everyday, made from recycled trash. Now I utilize what some might consider trash by upcycling used clothes and materials and bringing them new life through embroidery, sewing and eco dyeing. As an environmentalist, nature has always been my biggest inspiration. The essence of the natural world is found in all forms of my art, including my abstract paintings. I love experimenting with color, texture and mixing mediums such as tissue paper and crayons with acrylic paint. I also love painting portraits of humans and animals or the places they reside. With my paintings and photography, I strive to convey stories and inspire people to appreciate the beauty of the world around them. This could be a squirrel collecting food or the lilac clouds of a sunset on a cloudy day. I hope my art can capture how these moments feel. Although I will always be sharing my paintings with the world, I recently found passion in fiber art. The fashion industry makes up 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of freshwater pollution worldwide. Now more than ever, it’s important to take action. I want to be part of this wave of change by making clothes that prevent landfill waste and utilize natural fibers and dyes that will decompose back into the soil without pollution.
Abstract landscapes, animals, up cycled embroidery/ eco fashion
Materials and Techniques
I am a painter, photographer and fiber artist. For my paintings, I use oil and acrylic. I also make drawings in colored pencils and pen. I love experimenting with bright colors and textures and even embed materials like tissue paper in my mixed media pieces. For my fiber pieces, I use up cycled materials and often embroider or sew them to give them new life. I mainly use natural fibers and eco/ non-toxic dyes. For my photography I mainly use a digital camera and edit photos in light room and photoshop. I also use a film camera.