While attending the Fiber Arts Show at The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery, Friday, May 18, I had the opportunity to sit down with two local artists, Carol Zeman and Corie Stewart McKibben and learn a little about what inspires their pieces and a little bit about the process.

Interview: Corie Stewart McKibben
Piece: “Gold & Black”

Q: A little about yourself?
A: I’m a mother, a wife, a weaver, and a knitter, and a resident of Osage Beach for nearly 10 years. Living in Columbia for 17 years prior to moving to the Lake Area. I received my degree from Mizzou in Respiratory Therapy.

Q: What Inspired Your Piece and your thoughts during the process?
A: I usually dream about a piece first, and wake up around 2 am to sketch it out. While weaving I was thinking of all the pros and cons of going back to school and getting my masters in social work because I feel I still have something at the age of 55 to give back.

Q: Can you explain a little about your piece, and about how long does the process take?
A: This scarf was hand woven and hand felted and I have the burns to prove it. Entire process was about 20 hours.

Interview: Carol Zeman
Piece: “The Wave”

Q: A little about yourself?
A: I’m from Osage Beach, and I retired 4 years ago from being the Art Director at the Convention and Visitor Bureau, and I’ve been making sculptures ever since I retired.

Q: When did you decide to get into Art?
A: I’ve been drawing since Kindergarten, but I went back to school in the early 90’s and took a crafts class where I learned how to weave using only homemade materials. Now I make my own paper and other materials using leaves, rocks, driftwood, and many other things I can find.

Q: What inspires your sculptures?
A: Almost all my pieces are based off of a poetic statement. I love to do an abstract expression of a poem. A lot is political, and a lot is about having to do with being single most of my life as well. I’ve raised two kids, and I like to put the day-to-day stuff into my artwork.

Q: What’s the best type of material?
A: A long thin leaf has a lot of fiber, and they make the best paper. I go to Florida in the winter and gather bamboo and palm leaves to make paper out of, and every place I go I try to grab something. Kozo is my favorite, it’s the inner bar of a mulberry tree and it makes a very strong and sturdy paper, and I order it on the Internet form Thailand.

Q: How long does one of your pieces take?
A: About 3 or 4 days total. Starting with the drawing process, gathering materials, and then finishing with the sculpting.