LIZ SPEAR & FRIENDS
A number of my garments contain pieces of handmade cloth or surface design techniques created by fellow fiber artists. These garments carry a special LIZ SPEAR & FRIENDS label and the collaborative partner is credited on the hang tag.
LIZ SPEAR & FRIENDS began when NEAL HOWARD started gifting me with the woven ends of her scarf warps in 2006. Neal figured I might be able to do something with her beautiful remnants. She was right. Over the next handful of years I started using her woven and shibori dyed silk fabrics in select areas of my garments. Once the collaboration began in earnest, both Neal and I found pleasure in the new possibilities, and the range of work that we exhibit jointly expanded in scope and creativity. By 2014 my gallery of creative collaboraters was growing.
Collaborating with fellow fiber artists has strengthened my inspiration. The handmade fabrics and surface design of the artists profiled on this page are incorporated into garment styles from my regular line. I now weave cloth to enhance fabrics from other weavers, quilters, a papermaker, and dyers and printers. These art-to-wear garments are one-of-a-kind works of delight.