My art represents the marriage of my two great loves: digital photography and fiber art. Such an odd union—current digital technology and ancient textile techniques. I don’t start out with an objective. The work tells me what it wants to be, and I am often astounded by how it evolves.
It is rare for me to make a statement about an individual piece. I try to present a scenario or potential story that is widely open to interpretation, and I don’t presume to tell people what to think. Each viewer will see something different – no one is right or wrong. It’s a personal journey.
Jayne Gaskins produces photo-realistic work that defies media categorization. “I really don’t care if you call my work photography, fiber art, mixed media, or even painting. It’s art. Everything else is irrelevant.”
Gaskins has coined the term “fiberography” to describe her technique of combining digitally manipulated photography with fiber art. Here she combines multiple digitally manipulated photographs to create a scene that is then transferred to cloth. Portions are heavily “painted” with a sewing machine and multiple colors of thread to produce a painterly effect and then stuffed and sculpted with small hand stitches (trapunto quilted). The result is a photo-realistic image with a heavy relief effect.
A hallmark of Gaskins’ work is her use of strong directional light. “I am fascinated with the effects of light and light sources, as seen in works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Both used strong directional light, but in different ways, to achieve dramatic results and I try to emulate these effects in my work.”
Gaskins’ work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US and Europe and has earned numerous awards for excellence. Her art has been shown in prestigious exhibits such as Xe Triennale Internationale des Mini-Textiles in Angers, France, Quilt National, and FiberArt International, and it has been published in books such as 500 Art Quilts by Lark Publishing and The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists Galleries and Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits both by Martha Sielman.
Gaskins holds a BFA in Graphic Design and an MBA with a double concentration in Marketing and Management. In 2006 she retired from a long successful career in communications and devotes herself to her art and extensive travels.