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Artist: Stephanie Metz

Studio: Stephanie Metz

Young Visitors and InTouch Sculpture
Title: Young Visitors and InTouch Sculpture
Description: Wool, foam rubber, and childish delight
Media: Sculpture
Size: 40 x 48 x 40
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Contact Stephanie Metz



Phone: (408) 910-5476

2019  Showings

wheelchair accessible

May 18 - 19 , Site: 186
Alameda Art Works

1068 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126-3183


About Stephanie Metz

Come see and touch my human-sized, touchable wool felt sculpture that I'm finishing for my first solo museum show. 'InTouch' will open in January 2020 at the de Saisset Museum on Santa Clara University's campus. Visit me in the Green Door Annex, located just off the parking lot behind the main Alameda Artworks building.

In my work I use wool to explore the idea of seemingly opposing qualities coexisting within one object. I shape wool by compacting it into nearly solid freestanding forms through a process known as needle felting. Taken from industrial origins and a subsequent craft tradition, needle felting refers to using specialized sharp, barbed needles to mat wool fibers into a united solid mass, held together by the microscopically scaly surfaces of the wool. With simple tools I can compress masses of loose, fluffy wool into detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. I’ve been experimenting with wool for fifteen years, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with visitors through demonstrations and samples they can touch and handle. In addition to my large work, I’ll have small sculptures and wool works on paper available as well.

My sculpture has been exhibited at local and international venues including Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands, and the National Centre for Craft & Design in the U.K.