Fiber and fabric are Joan Kloiber's paint and clay.
The beauty of imperfection and asymmetry in nature, the marks that time, weather, life and loving leave behind are what inspire Joan's art making.
Her early work was entirely intuitive. She began a piece by painting, dyeing and/or discharging fabric - spontaneously, intuitively. Kloiber then observed the treated fabric (sometimes over a period of weeks or even months) for a theme or message. The she finally "got" the message, she then made visible the image she saw n the spontaneous painting using various forms of embellishment, primarily embroidery. She hand-stitched into the fabric drawing out the message.
In recent years, Kloiber has felt the need for her art to be more intentional and more dimensional It was then that she began creating with felt. Felting is a process of matting together natural fibers like wool or silk using water and friction or felting needles. The fun (and tricky) part for Joan, is pulling and pushing a flat piece of felt into a three dimensional, self supported shape.