Janet Sterzen’s passion for textile art began when she started learning to sew.
Sewing is the foundation for many of her works. Her art forms include weaving, knitting, embroidery, tatting, crocheting and “all of this led to a desire to learn painting, starting with oils, acrylics, then expanded to the hard stuff like watercolors,” Sterzen said.
After studying painting techniques, she melded two creative forms together, silk fabric and acrylic paint, into what she creates now— hand-painted silk scarves as wearable art.
Work brought Sterzen and her husband to this area. In her home art studio in Martinez, she produces one-of-a-kind works. She “has always been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Max, Georgia O’Keefe and Johannes Vermeer,” she said.
Her scarf designs include golf and nature themes. She recently attended a workshop at the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, studying hydro printing with Laura Sims, who is world-renowned in the field.
“People from all over the United States and the world attended this workshop and I am incorporating this new technique in the designs I am now producing. I want to expand my products into home dècor, such as pillow cushions and custom orders,” said Sterzen.
For the future, Sterzen plans “to perfect my style in silk art and also produce framed silk art paintings.”
Her work is available at the Zimmerman Gallery, 100 Broad St., Augusta and the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta’s gift shop. She will be a featured artist in October at La Petite Gallerie in Hammond’s Ferry.
Sterzen is a docent at the Morris Museum of Art and a water fitness instructor at the Family Y in Martinez. She is also an avid gardener, enjoys fishing and has a passion for motorcycles that she shares with her husband.
You can reach her at email@example.com.