Ten years ago Wendy Carpenter started traveling to Mexico and Central America. Currently her focus is in Guatemala teaching the indigenous woman how to design, sew and market their hand-woven “Ikat” fabric. She works for three months in Guatemala and sells the finished products at her Fish Creek gallery/studio Interfibers to support the project. The UU Gallery exhibit will feature her 2013 wrap dress design resulting from this collaboration.
Wendy graduated from UWGB as an art major with an emphasis on paper sculpting. She has studied contemporary 3D fiber art for wall and fiber sculpture in Olympia, Washington at Evergreen State College as well as Rio Grande tapestry weaving in Taos, New Mexico.
Wendy has owned Interfibers (www.interfibers.com) for 33 years, where she displays her large scale three dimensional wall sculptures and Jadeite jewelry that she designs. Her wall sculptures express an impression of nature through form, color and tactile material. One of these wall hangings can be seen at the UU Fellowship as part of our permanent collection. To her credit, Wendy has twenty years of teaching experience working with post- graduate students at the Instituto De Allende in San Miguel, Mexico, as K-12 artist in residency at Gibraltar and Sevastopol school districts, as an instructor at the Peninsula Art School and The Clearing Folk School, and now in Central America.