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Michele Hardy

"My art is informed by the colors, textures, and structures found in raw and polished rocks and other natural forms. The combination of organic lines and structured grids was inspired by maps, aerial views, and both macro- and microscopic geological features. My works can be interpreted as landscapes, cross-sections, and maps, or they can be viewed as purely abstract forms—viewers can make their own associations. "

Michele Hardy rediscovered the pleasure of working with fabric after leaving a career as an oil exploration geophysicist. Since the mid-1990s, she has focused on mixed-media fiber art, incorporating surface design, stitching, and embroidery techniques into a personalized approach to creating images in textile assemblage. Vibrant color, texture, and graphic appeal are all important energies in her images. A lifelong love of geology and nature inspires her and supplies an unlimited palette of ideas.

Hardy's technique is a combination of fiber collage, surface design, and stitching. Spontaneity is an important aspect of her creative process. She uses a variety of dyed and painted fabrics, many of which are transformed by extensive printing and stitching prior to construction. She typically constructs a background, arranges and layers images in paint and thread, then adds additional machine stitching to complete the piece.

Originally from New England, Hardy lived in California, Texas, and Louisiana before relocating to Colorado, where the scenery provides constant inspiration. Her work has been featured in national exhibits, received numerous awards, and appeared in a variety of publications. Her art can be found in public, corporate, and private collections throughout North America, including the State of Louisiana's Claiborne Collection, and the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies program.

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Geoforms: Porosity No.22
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 750
$ 600
Geoforms: Porosity No.21
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,750
$ 1,400
Colorfields: Spalerite
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,295
$ 1,036
Geoforms: Fractures No.11
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 525
$ 420
Geoforms: Fractures No.9
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 900
$ 720
Geoforms: Porosity No.20
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 995
$ 796
Geoforms: Fractures No.10
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 500
$ 400
Elements No.14
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 160
$ 128
Surfaces No.14
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,650
$ 2,120
Mapforms No.6
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,600
$ 2,880
Elements No.12: Blue River
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,000
$ 3,200
Mapforms No.5
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,850
$ 2,280
High Country Color No.2
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,150
$ 2,520
High-Country Color No. 1
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,000
$ 3,200
Surfaces No. 22
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,200
$ 3,360
Surfaces No. 23
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,400
$ 3,520
Mapforms No. 9
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,100
$ 3,280
Surfaces No. 8
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,350
$ 3,480
Geoforms: Porosity No. 19
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,650
$ 2,120
Surfaces No.24
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 900
$ 720
Surfaces #13
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,650
$ 2,120
Geoforms: Porosity 14
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,800
$ 2,240
Surfaces #30
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 995
$ 796
Circles #31
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,195
$ 956
Surfaces #11
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,650
$ 2,120
Surfaces #12
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,650
$ 2,120
Mapforms #8
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,800
$ 2,240
Mapforms #10
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,800
$ 2,240
Surfaces #15
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,600
$ 2,880
Surfaces No.27
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,200
$ 960
Surfaces No.26
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,200
$ 960
Surfaces No.28
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,200
$ 960
Surfaces No.25
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,200
$ 960
Geoforms: Strata #5
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 625
$ 500
Surfaces No.19
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 450
$ 360
Mapforms #12
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 540
$ 432
Surfaces No.16
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 300
$ 240
Surfaces No.17
Fiber Wall Fiber

$ 300
$ 240
Surfaces No.10
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 300
$ 240
Surfaces #5
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,600
$ 2,880
Surfaces #6
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,200
$ 1,760
Surfaces #7
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,200
$ 1,760
Trout: Rainbow #3
Acrylic Painting

$ 135
$ 108
Geoforms: Porosity #16
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,700
$ 2,160
Surfaces #2
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 330
$ 264
Colorfields: Spectrolite
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,950
$ 1,560
Geoforms: Porosity #18
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,700
$ 2,160
Geoforms: Fractures #1
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,400
$ 1,120
Geoforms: Fractures #3
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,400
$ 1,120
Mapforms #4
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 800
$ 640
Mapforms #3
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 800
$ 640
Geoforms: Fractures #2
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,400
$ 1,120
Circles #29
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,700
$ 1,360
Ladders 8
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,300
$ 1,840
Geoforms: Porosity 1
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,300
$ 2,640
Colorfields: Sapphire
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
Colorfields: Tanzanite
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,000
$ 3,200
Directions #2
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 1,900
$ 1,520
Directions #16
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,800
$ 3,040
Directions #8
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,200
$ 2,560
Geoforms: Porosity #5
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,500
$ 3,600
Geoforms: Porosity #8
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 4,500
$ 3,600
Directions #7
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 3,000
$ 2,400
Directions #1
Fiber Wall Hanging

$ 2,100
$ 1,680