Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Painter-Wolfe attended The Kansas City Art Institute where she majored in fiber art. She learned to make hand-dyed, handmade felted wool, which she used to create clothing, costumes, and fine art pieces. After graduating with a BFA in 2003, Taylor toured with and made costumes for a performance art band called The Ssion. She then travelled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia, which influenced her to use nature and traditional textiles as inspiration in her work.
Taylor then lived in Washington State where she focused mostly on creating felt wearable items to sell at boutiques and craft shows. She also attended The University of Washington and received a masters degree in special education. In 2011 she returned to Tulsa to teach special education.
Recently, Taylor began making pieces inspired by aerial images of landscapes where natural and man-made environments intersect. She draws from satellite images found online and her own aerial photographs to create abstract landscapes out of felted wool using techniques like mosaic and quilting. She currently divides her time between making and showing her work and teaching art part time at Lee Elementary School.
I hand make and dye all the felt I use in my work. The unpredictability involved in the processes always yields unique results. Oftentimes holes, irregular edges and sizes, and interesting variations in color and texture occur. I use the material and these imperfections to inspire me and guide my decision making process about the art I create. It begins as plain white wool and gradually becomes, using techniques such as felting, dyeing, quilting, and mosaic, a dynamic abstract landscape.
My work is inspired by maps and aerial views of landscapes. In an aerial view, we see an overview of a vast amount of space that cannot adequately be seen and understood from the ground. Details are stripped away and miles of space turns into an elegant design of intersecting, overlapping, shapes, colors, and lines. My intent is to create a simplified and thought provoking way to view land, our impact on it, and its impact on us while putting no demands on the viewer to see one landscape over another.