Mapping Memory | Phyllis Fredendall, Fiber Artist

March 16, 2017 - May 13, 2017

“The unique properties of wool have kept my attention since I learned hands-on felt making techniques years ago in Finland, but it was on Isle Royale when I realized that I could use this great medium to chart the paths of humans and animals that so fascinated me.”  -Phyllis Freddendal

In her current art practice, Fredendall explores the relationship of memory to place working primarily in wool and silk and using the process of hand felting.  The maps of the Quincy Mine whose shafts lace nearly two miles under her home in Hancock continue to inspire and inform her felt works which have been exhibited regionally and internationally.

Fredendall studied weaving in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, California and British Columbia; garment design in New York City; and felt making and printing and dyeing in Finland.   She has had the privilege to serve as visiting lecturer in Finland, Estonia, and Canada and has enjoyed artist residencies on Isle Royale National Park, Xanadu in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, and at the Huopakeskus (felt center) in Petäjävesi, Finland.  

Born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Phyllis Fredendall is professor of Fiber and Fashion Design at Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design in Hancock, Michigan.