Throughout the history of Teton Science School, there have been various artists living in residence on the Kelly campus. Currently, Doris Florig is the artist in residence.
Doris Florig is a tapestry artist and fiber sculpter, and her current project is part of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Doris’s work includes life-size fiber sculptures of the animals native to the wild land between Yellowstone and the Yukon along with tapestries of the landscapes of these wild places. Doris’s proposed exhibit is titled “Yellowstone to Yukon: The Fiber of Life,” and the work for the project began two years ago.
Doris has crafted and refined her art over the years through many forms of informal apprenticeship. Over the past nine years, Doris has spent winters sailing in the Caribbean, meeting with locals and learning native tapestry, weaving, and natural dyeing techniques.
Doris synthesizes many techniques from various weaving artists around the world in her own creative, fun and impressive fiber sculptures. When asked about her inspiration to begin making fiber sculptures, Doris described how the physical process of weaving led to creative experimentation with sculpting:
When a tapestry comes off the loom, it needs time to relax. As it relaxes, it starts taking shape, sometimes unexpected shapes.
These unexpected shapes inspired Doris to begin making sculptures out of fibers. In her own words, Doris “let the fibers lead the way.”
For a closer look at Doris Florig’s work and inspiration, visit Doris’s website.