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Fran DeStafeno

Fiber Wearable

346 Big Ditch Rd.
Wyoming, DE 19934



Gallery Hours

By Appointment Only.  

Artist Statement

I come from a long line of women who took pride in handwork.  In childhood, my grandmother gifted linen handkerchiefs edged in handmade lace, and thus began my love of texture, color, and fiber.  In my early years, I explored all types of textile handwork, then 25 years ago discovered weaving.  I began weaving reproduction textiles, antique linen weaves and overshot coverlets.  Along the way, watercolor painting was added to the mix.

Now retired from a career in healthcare, I am bringing all the creative and technical interests together, weaving textured shawls, scarves, yardage and table linens. The goal is to combine what I love about watercolor with complex textile structure, developing my own design. I hand dye many of my yarns.  I weave on multishaft looms with up to 24 shafts, and am primarily self-taught with most of my weaving education coming from workshops and conferences and my own extensive library.

I am a member of Harmony Weaver's Guild, Mid Atlantic Fiber Association, Handweavers Guild of America, Complex Weavers, and Rehoboth Art League. I exhibit in the Rehoboth Art League Gallery Shows, and pieces are available at Vulcan's Rest in Chesapeake City, MD. I participate with Harmony Guild in the annual Hagley Museum Craft Fair.  My pieces have been part of group exhibitions at the Wilmington Library and Delaware Center for Horticulture. 

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