Artisans - Edgar Furlong, textile and natural fiber artist
Edgar A. Furlong started
weaving in 1994. He studied with many well-respected
teachers and artists, such as Lydia Van Gelder, Holy
Brachmann, Katherine Alexander, Liz Williamson, and
most recently Jane Dunnewold.
Edgar’s focus is to introduce a life and depth to a
medium that is usually more one-dimensional. His
textile designs have won numerous awards over the
years and Edgar has been teaching his winning
techniques to interested students. Since 2000 Edgar
has been working on new processes with textured
surface pieces where the cloth collapses on itself
during the finishing process.
In 2001-2002 Edgar introduced handspun and
commercial yarns to this process to produce new and
dramatic effects that explores multi-layered cloth
and the incorporation of movement in a finished
piece. The resulting hand-woven pieces include
surface design techniques such as discharges,
appliqués, resists, over dyes and the use of
metallics and shibori.
My, lastest attention is on the deconstruction, fufilling, exploring the variables. What things add and what detracts. In what way do these finishing techniques influence the way we experience textiles.
My work is all those things I hold
close and dear. As potters create ceramics from
Clay, I use Raw natural and man made fibers to
create yarns. Working with these handspun yarns; so
full of life, has allowed me to explore visually
what I am feeling with all my senses when creating
I am often asked, "why Handspun" ? When
shown what is made from handspun most people see the
differnce . Using my knowledge of color and dyes
pieces are designed to create the look feel and of
one of a kind!
Edgar's work has been exhibit in Galleries, juried shows, Local and
State Fairs. Edgar has won numerious awards; which
you can see when visiting his studio. However the
one most inportant to him is the Award of Excellence
for handspun-Hand Woven Shawl from The Northern
California Handweavers Guild of America. My knowledge of fiber, Dyes, Color and yarn, allow me to design the look and feel of a one of a kind treasure.
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