Clairan Ferrono is a full time studio artist living in Chicago. She creates mixed media fiber collages and drawings by piecing, fusing, stitching and quilting both commercial cloth and fabric she has dyed, painted, discharged or printed. For the past ten years her work has been extensively shown both nationally and internationally. In 2004 she received a grant award from the IL Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2007 her work was chosen to hang in the American Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2009 she was invited to exhibit in an international exhibit in Taiwan. She is a founding member of Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC), an exhibiting group, and a member of the Surface Design Association (SDA), The Studio Artists Association (SAQA )and The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA). Clairan's artwork appears in Lark Books "500 Art Quilts" (2010) and "Studio Quilt #6, State of the Art" by Sandra Sider (2011). She will be featured in the forthcoming book "100 Midwest Artists" (2012).
I like my work to have a dense visual surface created by successively layering of paint, print, and dye on fabric and paper. Then these fabrics can be cut up and physically layered by appliquÃ© or reverse appliquÃ© and stitched. I want to create the feeling of layers of time and depth of feeling.