Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) is excited to introduce fiber art by knitters Felicia Kelly and Nichole Fetterhoff, on view and available for sale Feb. 2 through March 31, 2018 with special First Friday Art Parties Feb. 2 and March 2 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Felicia Kelly (Colorado Springs, CO)

“I find the beauty in knitting to come from the functional as well as formal aspects of creating. Knitting is a technical skill involving the ability to read patterns, codes and charts and with that information produce a piece of fabric… My current work takes inspiration from that code, from women knitting codes into sweaters during World War I to the ‘Computer Girls’ of the 1960s, to contemporary women reclaiming the tech industry and supporting future women in tech through organizations like Girls Who Code.

Each piece on display is a physical representation of a code, as is every knitted piece, but beyond the inherent coded nature of knitting, each piece also represents code in an additional way. References to literature, pop culture, and feminist movements are all embedded in my work.

Each stitch celebrates the unsung women behind the codes who ‘knit their bit,’ the women who sent us to the moon, and the girls of the future who will use ‘traditional women’s work’ to develop technologies we can’t even imagine yet.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Nichole Fetterhoff (Colorado Springs, CO)

“Knitting is not just yarn and sticks. It’s fiber from a living thing, color that evokes emotion, and a design that comes from inspiration, tradition, and cleverness. It takes skill, patience and time to become a knitter. My passion for being a textile artist is parallel to my passion for the earth and what it gives us to use in life and in art. I am an educational advocate for each process involved in knitting, from the sheep to the shirt, or the llama, camel, alpaca, rabbit, hemp or cotton plant.

Knitting is typically seen as craft. Not necessarily a granny sitting behind an ever-growing afghan, crafting a functional piece of art, stitch by stitch by stitch—though it can be. Knitting is the forming of a tactile piece that is a conglomeration of craft, art, function, history, visual stimulation, messaging and design. It’s a constant and a necessity in my life to create emotional and tasteful beauty.

My current body of work examines the interplay between the function of a knitted piece and the visual and conceptual experience of its viewer. A percentage of sales of my pieces will be donated to Girls Who Code and the Girl Scouts.”

Pictured: Work by Felicia Kelly. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Center.