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Eva Camacho

an elegant fusion of the ancient art of feltmaking with modern techniques….

I learned to create from my mother, who grew up in a poor, rural village, and had no choice but to make her own clothes, sheets and other textiles in the 1940s. Her passion for creating and the importance of self-sufficiency was instilled in me at an early age, though my artistic passion only came alive when, as an adult, I discovered the amazing qualities of wool and the wonderful art of felting. Traditionally, felt is created by using water, soap, wool and agitation. Felting takes time, physical labor and patience. Most of my items are made with wool from local farms, using Icelandic and Romney varieties for housewares, and Merino for wearables. I buy the fleeces directly from farmers, then wash, dye and card them myself. I usually start by hand-dyeing the wool (with natural dyes I have created myself from plant matter), which is then felted together with fine silk. To create patterns on the silk, I use techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and printing. My work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of feltmaking with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles.

Eva Camacho is a feltmaker born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts. Currently, her last collection Boro can be found at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and other collections are being sold in 20 different galleries and stores across the United States. In December of 2015, she received the Award of Distinction in Fiber Wearables from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was awarded 1st place in the Wearable Accessories category at the Fiber Celebration Exhibition at the Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO. That same year she was also invited to be part of the Pentaculum 2017 Artist Residency in Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Mass MoCA as well. Her felt work have appeared at numerous magazines and newspapers, such as Martha Stewart Living Magazine and the New York Times, and in the latest felting book Worldwide Colours of Felt. In the fall of 2017, her work will appear in the new book Artistry in Fiber.

Exhibitions: Northampton Arts Council Biennial, Northampton, MA FIBER ARTS VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition, Sebastopol, CA Small Works: SDA at 40, Surface Design Association, Oregon College of Art and Craft Blue, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Lebanon, PA Fiber Celebration, Fort Collins, CO Fiber Art Fair, Seoul Art Center Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea Fiber Celebration, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO Awakening, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Lebanon, PA Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC Shifting Landscapes, Surface Design Association, Form & Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM The 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art “Scythia”, Kherson/ Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine Fiber of Our Being, Northeast Feltmakers Guild Exhibition, Gaelen Gallery, West Orange, NJ TVAA National Competition and Exhibit, Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite, TX Craft Forms 2016, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA The Red Show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO A Feast on Paper Art, IAPMA 30th Anniversary, Guangzhou, China World of Thread Festival, Oakville, ON, Canada The 100 Dresses Project, The Gallery at Waynflete School, Portland, ME Fiber in the Present Tense, Surface Design Association, The Arsenal Center for the Arts, MA National All Media, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA Fiber Celebration, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO Take a Seat, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA 33rd Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, Joseph, OR Residencies: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Artist Residency, North Adams, MA Pentaculum 2017 Artist Residency, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN Awards: 1st & 2nd place in the Wearable Art Category, Fiber Celebration, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO Award of Distinction in Fiber Wearable, CraftBoston, Boston, MA Publications: Artistry in Fiber: Wearable Arts Fiber Art Now Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 1, Fall 2016 Worldwide colors of felt Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Fall Issue The Gazette Newspaper, Northampton, MA