Meet new artists at the Market: Lacey Roberts

You can expect the same standard of excellence every year at Kentucky Crafted: The Market but never the same exact show. The Kentucky Arts Council juries new participants into the Kentucky Crafted Program annually, so there is always new artwork to discover. Meet some of the artists new to the Market in 2016.

 

Lacey Roberts, Frankfort – Booth 157

 

How did you get started? What is your training?
I started with fiber arts to fulfill my need to create in 3-D. I loved the look and idea behind the needle felted figures and thought, with enough practice, I could teach myself to do this. I used a variety of means to learn the craft and the medium itself is very pleasant to use and forgiving to learn with. I’ve been needle felting wool for about a year-and-a-half.

How long have you been in the Kentucky Crafted program?
I was juried into Kentucky Crafted in 2015. This is my first year.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?
My art is very much one-of-a-kind. A lot of what is produced with the fiber is up to theRoberts_Lacey04 fiber itself. It becomes what it wants to be and generally the personality is clear in each piece, complete with backstory and goals for the future. I tend to stay inspired by whimsical anthropomorphic animals, but I also like to shake things up and create a realistic animal from time to time, or even stretch the bounds with human figures and wool “paintings.”

Name some of your career accomplishments.
I have exhibited at Full Circle Studio and Gallery in Frankfort; displayed at several craft events in Owen, Franklin and Scott Counties; and sold to buyers across the country via my Etsy shop.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?
These pieces will really make you smile. I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with others and sharing the love of fiber arts.

The Market will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both days, and can be purchased online or at the door. Children 15 years of age and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

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