Natalie Smith

At Lula Faye Fibers, my hope is to produce fabric that explores color and a history of handmade textiles. Lula Faye Fiber has a vision of useable art.

I am particularly inspired by Georgia O’Keefe.  She is unique in the way that I relate to her as an artist. Her love of the West. Her love of natural color and study of nature. Her finding inspiration in places – New Mexico, Colorado, New York City. It is with her words in mind that I have focused on learning and experiencing fibers arts; from the harvest and spinning of fiber, to the dying and producing of clothing and other goods.

The loom is the original ‘high-tech’ machinery and has made our lives easier in ways we take for granted now, to the point that we are now in an era of ‘fast fashion’ and piles of clothing and other textile items are discarded for the next ‘in’ thing.  I try to use fibers that are sturdy, but natural. The idea of creating items that can be used, repurposed, and then returned to the earth really resonates with me and this is a central theme of my studies in textiles