Mertz Library Humanities

The Art of Leaf Embroidery

Thursday, October 21, 2021

6 p.m. EDT | Online

The stunning embroidered leaf designs that grace NYBG Adult Education’s Fall 2021-Winter 2022 catalog are the work of Virginia-based textile artist Hillary Waters Fayle. Get a sneak peek into Hillary’s artistic process, including how she chooses and prepares her plant material, which sewing techniques are most effective, and the variety of ways her designs evolve. She’ll also discuss why she grounds her practice in sustainability by relying mainly on found materials-from passed down thread to camellia leaves in her yard.

Hillary Waters Fayle received a MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA from Buffalo State College. She is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Fiber Area in the department of Craft/Materials Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been widely exhibited and is included in the permanent collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, the Kalmthout Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Belgium and several corporate collections.