La Grande, OR
Heather Tomlinson works at Eastern Oregon University as a costume design professor. The focus of her artwork centers around costumes, clothing and fiber arts. The natural beauty of abstract forms and colors found in nature serves as inspiration-- those varying shapes, textures and colors found therein. Overlooked foliage trampled under-foot, organic matter hidden beneath rocks or below a person’s direct line of vision. Depending on the piece, various techniques are utilized. Her main technique is tufting but she also uses a combination of machine and hand sewing, screen-printing, Blackwork embroidery, serging, applique, dyeing and painting.