Her mantra, “to live creatvely”, has been the primary focus for Sandra Hankins, aka “Santeena”, for the last several years. Although involved in art exploration throughout her life, working primarily with watercolor and oil mediums, fiber art has been the recent focus for Sandra’s creative expression. “I truly enjoy taking a theme or an image and expanding it with different shapes, colors and textures on fabrics. Journal size quilts (typically 8 1/2″ x 11″) are my favorite. These miniature quilts are quick to produce and fun to arrange in a small scale display”. Portraits and landscapes of nature have been the primary themes for Santeena’s quilts. “Nature provides an endless wonderful array of colors for quilt themes. Sunsets take on a new meaning when featured in fiber art”.
Fiber art is a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, both natural and synthetic fibers and many wonderful embellishments of all types. It’s a unique expression which fuses color and texture to create a unique work of art.
My quilt art involves the exploration of bright color on whole fabric cloth using inks, various thread painting/stitching, and embellishments in the process. My themes are mostly figurative with expressive faces often featured as focal points in most works. Facial expressions, especially eyes captivate me; hence many of my quilts feature eyes wide opened.
Nature’s wonders are also themes used in my artwork. Nature provides an endless and wonderful array of subjects for my art pieces. Sunsets take on new meaning when featured in fiber art. It’s fascinating for me to see fabric and illustration work together. Many interesting combinations have emerged from this pairing.
My techniques always begin with brightly colored ink painted illustrations. I often use the applique process in my works and then incorporate thread painting and stitching and finally embellish with either beads, angelica fibers, glitter and my signature feathers or flowers.
My goals are to expand several of my artworks into textures for sale in major retailers and to write a companion book for business professionals transitioning into the artworld. My art portfolio can be seen at www.studiosanteena.com.