Madelaine Hairrell

With a career in graphic art, telling a story with words and images has always compelled me to communicate visually. Starting out early on with a hands-on drawing approach and experiencing the changes of technology on my graphics work through the years has been exciting but has also made me hunger for handmade work again. 

Textiles and the traditions of sewing and the fiber arts, of making handcrafted yarns, using ethnic beads, and making jewelry has been a longtime love of mine. Sewing led me in the direction of creating dancewear and costumes, connecting my love of dance with creative costume design. 

Many years ago, I began working with the torch in making lampwork beads and I have recently begun to make copper enamel pieces for use in my jewelry designs. My love of fibers and spinning yarn has combined with my jewelry design as well. 

I continue to learn new techniques to incorporate into my work, telling the story of what excites me through texture and fire and by creating honest things by hand.