Dove refers to herself as a “dyed in the wool” fiber artist. Born and raised in West Chester, PA, Amy fell in love early with hand and loom weaving; it was a natural choice for her to attend the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, earning a Bachelor of Science in Textile Design. Several years as a Jacquard fabric designer for a major eastern mill followed, creating many contemporary, abstract, floral, and more traditionally patterned interior decorative fabrics for select furniture manufacturers. From this she developed 'Weavart,' reweaving these commercial designs of hers into collages.
Since relocating to northeast Florida in 2010, Amy has become fascinated with felting and the various textures and blends she can create through the process. A kinaesthetic learner through and through, she dyes, felts, stitches and combines different materials to create layers of new textural expressions while embracing the visceral nature of the fibers.
Amy extensively explores Shibori techniques (the Japanese art of resist dyeing and texturing), folding, pleating, binding, and dyeing silk to startling effect. Translucent silk often serves as a substrate for her art as she combines a variety of disciplines to create layers of colors, shades, and textures.
A consummate experimenter, Amy’s design background affords her underlying cohesive direction without constraining her creativity. Her fiber artwork branches in many surprising ways as she learns and plays with new approaches and techniques.
Much of Amy’s creativity flows from the magnificent beauty of nature: The variety of colors and textures in flowers, trees, and creatures are her never-ending sources of inspiration. The power of the sea, the rustling of the forest, the singing of birds, and the beauty of sunrises and sunsets all lay an indelible imprint on Amy’s work and are reflected in the textures and color palettes she chooses.
This is TEXTUALITY.