Holly Sorensen


Holly Sorensen's fascination with fiber began in her childhood, while playing in the old woolen mill her family operated in Connecticut. "The colorful webs of yarn, noisy clanking looms, and rich smell of lanolin were magic to me," she says.

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in graphic design, she worked for Glen of Michigan in New York and later illustrated children's stories for a computerized reading program at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

After some extended travel, she settled in a small fishing village in Alaska where she rediscovered her love of fiber while learning to make coiled baskets from beach-salvaged hemp fishing line. She began to study various weaving techniques, made her first loom, and started to explore yarn dyeing processes.

Space dyeing, a method producing multiple blocks of color on a single skein of yarn, became her signature, and she continues to use space dyed yarns in most of her work. She has created hand dyed and woven rugs, wall hangings and clothing.

In her recent work, she has brought new dimension and movement to her wall pieces. Through the incorporation of various stiffening elements such as foam core, pipe insulation, aluminum flashing, and bent plexiglas, she has managed to bring her pieces "off the wall." Excited about working in three-dimensional space, she feels she has just begun to explore the possibilities.

Holly presently has her studio in Empire, Michigan, where she finds inspiration for her fiber art in the soft palette of the local landscape.

Holly's work can be seen at the Sleeping Bear Gallery or at the Secret Garden in Empire and at her studio in Empire by appointment. You can reach her by phone at (231) 326-6008 or by email below.

Photos of Recent Work

Article in the Grand Traverse Insider, August 22, 2010


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