About the Juror:
Tracy Deniszczuk is a well known local fiber artist whose main mediums are felt making, both wearable and sculptural, as well as sculptural basketry. Shemarries both of her loves in her sculptural work which consists of felt forms surrounded by coiled basketry. She enjoys the process of felt making from undyed wool to the final product. She dyes her wools and silk and creates unique sculptural forms that are thenembellished with hand stitching. She encompasses each felt form within an undulating hard form made of coiled, hand dyed pine needles that are hand stitched together with waxed linen thread.
Tracy has studied felt making with world renowned felt makers such as, Mehmet Girgic (Turkish felt maker), Sharon Costello, Martien Van Zuilen ( New Zealand), Pam MaGregor, Katerina Mokeyeva (Russia), and Lisa Klakulak just to name a few. Felt making has been a lifelong passion especially using it in a sculptural form. Tracy began making felt in college where she majored in Fine Arts with anemphasis on fiber art and a minor in printmaking from Southern Illinois University. She continues to work in her St. Charles, MO studio and hosts a wet felt making study group that is a part of the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis. She is on the exhibition committee and jury committee for the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis as well. Other memberships are Surface Design Association, Missouri Fiber Artists, and National Basketry Organization.