I spent 25 years in the financial services industry. My husband spent 31 years in the US Army. Upon taking early retirement from my job several years after his retirement, my husband and I did the Ultimate Beatnik Upgraded by placing all our worldly goods in storage, hopped into a 40’ Class A motorhome, and traveled this great country of ours for 15 months. My husband’s massive heart attack in 2006 forced us to adopt a more stable, brick residence in south central PA. Ultimately, cancer claimed the life of my best friend in 2013 after more than forty years together.
The remaking of Carla Fisher took the form of returning to school in January 2015 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA to pursue Fiber Arts. Sewing and knitting (including formal and bridal wear, menswear, home dec, children’s toys) have always been a part of my life. New life employing these comforts of my soul seemed the right path. Since graduation in May of 2016, I have worked steadily as a studio artist. I also serve as Artist in Residence in the Fibers department at UArts. With a rhythmic obsession, I apply to shows on Mondays, work in my studio in the mornings and serve as TA on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at UArts, create on Thursdays and Fridays, and play and seek new opportunities on Saturdays and Sundays before I start all over again. I’ve landed multiple shows both domestically and internationally as a result of my efforts, and this is just the beginning! My goal is to be a recognized gallery artist whose work is purchased and coveted by the discerning lover of abstract art.
I am thrilled to be a part of TAFA and the wide variety of textile artists who thrive here! I am also the Treasurer of Surface Design Association, and a member of EDGE, two other great, supportive organizations. It’s through sharing that we gain caring about success for ourselves and for friends!