Artist Profile

Diane L. Cadrain

Medium: Fiber

Description:  Cotton and wool: painted, stitched and felted artwork

Fiber Artist Artist Statement The natural world inspires my work by offering constantly-refreshed images of arresting loveliness. Tolstoy said, “Love all creation…love every leaf.” In that spirit, I attempt to create images that combine fragility with strength and the evanescent with the eternal. I recently retired from working as a lawyer and free-lance writer specializing in employment law topics, but I’ve been sewing all my life, learning hand embroidery, handloom weaving and spool knitting from my grandmother and machine sewing from my mother. As a law student at Georgetown University Law Center, I began knitting, and later, in my early 30s, as a new mother, I began quilting. My fiber art work, which has appeared nationally and internationally, and which also hangs in several private collections, now includes hand-painted fabric, felting, knitted embellishments, hand embroidery, and beading. I’m a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective, Women Against the Grain, and the Farmington Valley Quilters. I live in West Hartford with my husband, Joseph Rubin. We’re the parents of three grown daughters.

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