About the Artist
My name is Grace Sowyrda and I am a 23 year old painter, poet, photographer and fiber artist from the Boston area. I am a 2020 graduate of Skidmore College where I studied environmental studies and studio art. I have always been in awe of the natural world and love spending time in nature. This is a huge inspiration for my work. Even in my abstract art, there is the essence of landscapes, sunsets and more. I love experimenting with color and different mediums.
As a strong environmentalist, I strive to create sustainable fiber art/ apparel. The fashion industry makes up 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and is the cause of 20% of freshwater pollution worldwide. Now more than ever, it is important to take action to prevent more environmental destruction.
All of the clothing I sell is upcycled or handmade with natural fibers. When dying the fiber, I use natural/ non toxic dyes. Creating clothes from natural materials means they will last longer and can often by composted back into the earth. This prevents waste from ending up in landfills where they will not only pollute the soil and groundwater but take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose.
I want to inspire people with my art to appreciate the beauty of the world around them. This could be the squirrel collecting food or the lilac clouds of a sunset on a cloudy day. I hope my art can capture how these moments feel.