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June 25, 2017

Leisa Rich

In her abstract and colorful mixed-media work, Atlanta fiber artist Leisa Rich uses many processes and machines, including free motion machine embroidery and a 3D printer.

The artist/designer: Rich was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Western Ontario. She also earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas. As a fiber artist, she is trained in weaving, sewing, basketry, embroidery, and plant and chemical dyes.

The materials & techniques: Plastics, thread, fabrics, mixed media (and so much more) favors 3D printing and free motion stitching — otherwise known as machine embroidery, a way of “painting” and building texture with sewing thread

What’s popular: Interactive panels ($275 to $4,000), where viewers can touch and rearrange the plastic and metal framed works. Delta Airlines recently acquired four of her large panel works for its sky lounges, including Atlanta and Austin.

Other favorites: Wearable sculpture ($45 to $2,000).

Fun (or unusual) request: Make a 22-inch-tall top hat for a lead singer in a band.

Claim to fame: Has artwork in many permanent collections, including Emory Healthcare, the Kamm Teapot Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art. Also PBS filmed an art segment about Rich.

Claim to fame 2: Wrote and illustrated a children’s book: “Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters”

Atlanta ties: A descendent of the Walker family, who sold the land that is now Piedmont Park to the city of Atlanta. Her grandfather and great grandmother were born on the land. Rich didn’t find out this piece of family history until she moved to Atlanta 10 years ago.

Where to see her work: In Atlanta, at Studio Leisa Rich, her studio/art gallery/teaching space in the Goat Farm Arts Center (W214), 1200 Foster St. Also at the Summer Swan Invitational at the Swan Coach House Gallery (through August 4), 3130 Slaton Drive, and “South: The Grand Salon Show” at Kibbee Gallery (July 15-31), 688 Linwood Ave.

Where to buy:   

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