CONSCIOUS GOODS + EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ART
THE ARTIST, WOMAN IN CHARGE
Tami Fuller is a fiber artist based out of East Aurora, New York, working primarily as a weaver and felt artist. She uses her work to explore female focused trauma. Born and raised on a working fiber farm, Tami’s choice to use traditional women’s textile work as a medium to explore the female experience is a natural extension of her own personal growth. Teaching others came naturally. She is self-taught and works in abstract fiber, woven tapestry, felt and soft sculpture to communicate.
Her work is driven by first-person experiences with abuse, and uses tapestry-weaving to explore feelings of entrapment and suspended states. Embedding foreign objects and protrusions within her work is Tami’s way of expressing the struggle to find healthy expression and beauty within damage. She began deliberately interjecting chaotic elements and foreign objects into linear weaving as an exercise in letting go of conforming to external standards, and her weaving mimics this sense of escape and overflow.
She is influenced by Jungian psychology and collective identity concepts, and is especially interested in how the female tendency to internalize damage and societal judgement as a survival technique creates self-imposed confinement. As women, we weave our way through society’s larger framework much like the weft navigating the cage of warp, and struggle to express and escape while balancing our need for for connection. She hopes that her work resonates with others who struggle with similar issues in the current cultural climate.
In addition to working as a full-time artist and writer, she teaches fiber art and creative practice workshops for adults and youth across New York State and the East Coast in order to modernize and invigorate interest in fiber in fine art. She is a NY Council on the Arts 2022 Creatives Rebuild NY (CRNY) artist, a program defining culture-makers working to promote and revitalize the arts landscape post-COVID.
Her work has been shown in several group and solo shows, and she holds awards from the Carnegie Art Center and NYS Sheep and Wool. Her work can be found in collections in the United States, Canada and Australia and is currently on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center as part of the 2023 Art in Craft Media biennel through March 2024. Her working studio and teaching space is located at 17 Elm Street, where she educates, creates and shows her work. She is also an editor, a self-taught pianist, oil painter and model.
Member, Carnegie Art Center
Member, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
Member, Arts and Craftsmen Guild
Exhibiting Member, Buffalo Society of Artists
Emerging Artist 2021, Roycrofters-at-Large Association
Executive Coordinator, Roycrofters-at-Large Association
Primary Fiber Events Coordinator, Arts Council for Wyoming County
Curator + Publicist, The COMMA Fine Art
Studio hours by appointment.