About Beverly Arsem: Thread Topologies:
Creating and contributing something to the world every day has been an underlying component of Arsem’s life. This includes making a home, cooking a meal for others, performing music, and creating artwork. She considers this an integral part of living, not an optional activity or hobby. After many years working in the construction and architectural design fields, Arsem realized that she wanted to shift her focus more to fine art. She redirected herself, endeavoring to explore the yearning to be working with fabric, colors, textures, patterns, sewing, and quilting.
She often plans meticulously in advance, but not so with her fiber work. She loves to look at things upside down or reversed, chancing meetings, trying “whatifs,” mixing techniques and disparate ideas. Currently the tools and techniques she utilizes include: painted, dyed, and printed fabric, handstitching and machine sewing, plus folding, pleating, and otherwise manipulating fabric. In this newest body of work, Thread Topologies, she adds another element to the pieces, diversifying the materials used as thread to include twine, wire, cables, and rope.