Over the years my fiber works have evolved into an art form rather than simply traditional weaving. I have explored and incorporated on and off-loom weaving, batik, handmade felt, traditional American and Japanese Shibori dying techniques, photo transfer, beadwork, and quilting. Using these various techniques I create one of a kind wearable art pieces such as jackets, ponchos and shawls and scarves as well as sculptural wall pieces and dolls utilizing handwoven and other fabrics.
LaVerne Kemp's award-winning textiles have been a fixture of Pittsburgh's fiber arts community for close to forty years. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, notably, featured three times in the Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition in Dallas Texas as well as The African American Art Exhibition at Actors Theater in Louisville Kentucky.
LaVern has been a committed teaching artist for children and adults for 20 years through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has also taught classes and workshops at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, The Society for Contemporary Craft and the Senator John Heinz History Center.
A Walk in the Rock Garden
Sweet Potatoes Don't Grow On Trees
Quilting, Weaving, Felting, Beadwork
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Carnelian Necklace - $165
Multi-stone Necklace with Copper Dangle - $225
Multi-stone Wrap Bracelet - $125
Large Chunky Coral Necklace - $150
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Green Necklace, African Beads - $175
Geode Necklace - $150
Chunky Amber Necklace - $175
Garden Series Black Fiber Necklace - $200
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