Studio25 LLC is situated in the New Hampshire seacoast community of Newmarket... population 8,940. Although the region has experienced tremendous growth, it still provides a rural backdrop for countless artisans located throughout the state.
I come from a long line of New England fine crafters – primarily weavers and woodworkers. Their creativity and loving attention to detail is reflected in the furniture, clocks, and coverlets that I still enjoy decades after they were first crafted. It's functional art - work that enhances daily living and provides a direct link to those who inspired their creation. My ambition is to continue this fine craft legacy in my fiber arts/mixed-media studio.
I've enjoyed working with fabrics since I first learned to sew in junior high school. Over the years, I sewed primarily traditional fare - clothes, sails, curtains, quilts, stuffed animals, etc. However, I've veered away from traditional sewing projects to experiment with fabric dyeing techniques, lighted sculptures and computer-augmented fabric images.
My encaustic art work combines hand-dyed fabrics, original photographic images and hot encaustic medium. I apply each image by either burnishing them off of laser-printed paper or by embedding printed tissue paper into the encaustic surface. Additional wax is added to ensure every finished piece retains a luminescent quality. My current work is strongly influenced by my love of the ocean - the expanse of the sky and ever changing reflective quality of the water.
Recently, I've begun creating lighted sculptural pieces I'm calling Nature's Light. These pieces combine the beauty of cypress driftwood with the luminous quality of handcrafted paper and reed shades.
Collected in North Carolina, the driftwood is cleaned, scraped, sanded and waxed to highlight its natural color and unique wood grain. Reeds are bent to create complimentary shade structures and multiple layers of tissue paper and white glue form the skin.
Each lamp contains a 4-watt or 6-watt LED bulb which supplies an energy efficient, cool-to-the-touch 350 lumens.
In 2004 I became juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsman - the oldest craft guild in the country. It's a rigorous jury process that inspires excellence. My goal is to honor this tradition by providing you with a hand-crafted product lovingly made in my studio. Please enjoy them.
All my best,
Nancy E. Adams