Charlene Leary’s fiber work for body and home incorporates interpretations of natural elements. Her hand woven, hand dyed and sculpted fabrics are often enhanced with vintage cloth, shibori, printing, and felting to create contemporary, hand made cloth for one-of-a-kind designs.
She has been published in Handwoven Magazine and appeared on TV8. Charlene has presented with the Arts in Education Program in Saratoga Springs; at The Hyde Collection and Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls; at Emmaus House in New Jersey, and at the American Sewing Guild’s Albany chapter. She was also part of a fashion show with LARAC at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. She is a member of the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers’ Guild.
During her 30 years in the fiber arts, Charlene has studied with notable instructors including Lia Cook, Catherine Ellis, Joan Morris and Polly Sterling. She has taught weaving and surface design and exhibited her artwork throughout Northern New York and New England.
Charlene’s love for fiber grew from her mother and grandmother’s fondness for knitting, crocheting and sewing, which they introduced to Charlene during her childhood in New Hampshire. Her appreciation of nature, a focal point of much of her work, developed from their frequent family outings to the ocean, the White Mountains, and summers at Great East Lake.
Charlene found her expressive voice in fiber when she was introduced to weaving as part of her occupational therapy training in 1970. She moved to New York in 1973 to practice occupational therapy, and continued to create and reach creative goals in weaving and other fiber media.
Using fiber to capture the energy of the Adirondack Mountains around her studio, Charlene hopes that her work strikes a visual dialogue with others in her desire to interpret the diversity of nature.