Kelly Kozma’s fiber art breaths new life into the traditional craft of hand embroidery. Combining drawing, painting, and hand embroidery she creates artworks that explode with color. She also enjoys embroidering smiley faces on some of her artworks, adding a cheerful twist to her designs.
“When I was younger I only associated textiles with quilts and clothing, more functional items,” she admitted in an interview Textile Artist. “I had a lot of stigmas about what art was, and it took a lot of time, exploration, and life experience to break down those perimeters.”
These explorations included dabbling in fine art, graphic design, and textiles. “I struggled with labels and thought I could only be one type of artist,” Kozma explained. “Initially, I was convinced I would become a figure painter, as many of us do, being immersed in countless hours of drawing nude models in art school. It wasn’t until I started painting life-size portraits on fabric that I started to get the textile itch.”
That textile itch got her to where she is today. Her untraditional art is exhibited in solo exhibitions around the US, but you can also follow her on Instagram: