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October 2011

Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC, Offers Works by Elaine O’Neil

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, is presenting exhibit of works by Triangle North Carolina based fabric artist Elaine O’Neil, on view through Oct. 18, 2011.

O’Neil creates textile collages, each image using a myriad of fabric colors and textures, all painstakingly sewn together to create whimsical and realistic portrayals of scenes from the mountains to the coast.

The subjects of O’Neil’s work focuses around a sense of place, and the life that happens in that place. She tries to establish the emotional bond we have with special places, stitching the memories together with a sense of humor and delight.

O’Neil starts with a simple sketch and approaches the creation of each textile through snip and cuts, using her scissors like a painters brush, slowly revealing the image, with layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures.

O’Neil’s hope is to evoke the feeling of pleasure and delight, where life is simple, sweet and full of endless possibilities.

O’Neil grew up in Maine and began sewing as a girl. She attended the Philadelphia college of Textiles and Science earning a BS in textile design. She is great-granddaughter to a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter to a farmer, daughter of an ardent seamstress, all of which contributes to memories she depicts in her textile collages. Her work has been used in several publications and she has illustrated 2 children’s books. Her work is shown in galleries along the coast.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 252/633-4369 or visit (

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