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Fabric Creations by Redux

For the month of June the large display case at the New Britain Library will contain the arts and crafts of REDUX, a/k/a S. Wendy Whicher of New Britain. Wendy is a devoted volunteer with the Friends of the New Britain Library and has been known to help out with grant writing and other assistance to other area non-profits.

After a forty year side trip into the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain West, Wendy retired to New Britain to be near famil., These days she spends her free time making “something from nothing”. Many of the materials she uses are bits and scraps found at tag sales or donated by friends who refer to them as “Wendy’s junk.” Pieces of lace and trim, fabric scraps, beads, broken jewelry, feathers, small decorative objects—all emerge re-envisioned

Creations to date include: fabric collage wall hangings; dressed miniature bears; reproduction and ethnic doll clothes; ornate special occasion angels; patchwork throws and pillows. New in 2011: Fascinators, the often-whimsical alternative to hats put back on the fashion map by Kate Middleton, bride of Prince William of England, among others.

Wendy’s creations regularly receive blue ribbons at area (“county”) Fairs. Her Fascinators took Best In Show at the Southington Grange Fair this last year. They and the 2011 tree topper angel (she brings one every year) were each given a Judges’ Special Award at the Durham Fair. Wendy’s Fascinators were featured in the Gift Shop at the New Britain Museum of American Art in July, 2011. Her angels nearly sold out in the first weekend in the same place in December, 2011. Wendy’s fabric collage wall hangings have recently hung in several local juried art shows.

The NB Library display case contains a cross-section of Wendy’s work to date. The display can be viewed during regular library hours. The library is free.