Early this month I had the pleasure of visiting Linda McLaughlin in her studio and couldn't help but fall in love with her encaustic paintings. Knowing that she's primarily known as a fiber artist, I had to ask how she made the leap into encaustic.
Q. How long have you been doing fiber art / how long have you been doing encaustic?
I have been sewing for 60 years; about 25 years ago I got really serious and creating my own work became a driving force.
I first became aware of encaustic about 6 years ago and 5 years ago I went to an encaustic camp to learn more. I was very enthralled at first but my interest has faded. I keep thinking I should do more, but then never do.
Q. Did you feel that encaustic was a natural progression from your fiber work, or a totally new thing?
I approached encaustic as a new thing and then tried to find ways of including fiber. I've even thought of doing a relatively large piece of fiber art and then encasing it in encaustic on a wood panel. I even have the panel (20" x 24"). I just need to do it.