I’m a teacher, designer, and artist. I use a variety of fiber and digital techniques in my work, and draw inspiration from the small details of nature.
My passion for working with fiber and needle arts began when my grandmother and mother taught me to knit, embroider, and sew as a child. My parents and grandparents shared their knowledge and love of the natural world with me as we spent summers and weekends exploring the outdoors of northern Michigan. Today, I make quiet observations on land and water in southeast Ohio, and in my gardens in central Ohio.
I earned my BFA degree at the Columbus Collage of Art & Design where I discovered my passion for working with color and creative design under the excellent instruction and encouragement of many instructors including Joseph V. Canzani, Richard Aschenbrand, Dennis Drummond, Brooke Hannan, Mark Hazelrig, Nathaniel Larrabee, Jeff Link, Lowell Tolstedt, and Bill Van de Velde.
As I sampled one major then another (fine art, industrial design, illustration, advertising & graphic design, fashion design) I realized that what fascinated me most was the underlying concepts they all had in common; the fundamental principles of creative problem solving and design methodology. So now I teach introductory design courses for students from a variety of majors, focused on learning through practice and application of those fundamentals in 2D, 3D, and 4D works.
You can view my artwork on my website at www.alicefrenz.com