Joyce Gifford came to tapestry through Ravenstail Twining instructor, John Beard. He recommended the Damascus Fiber Arts School as a source for exploring creative expression in fiber arts. Already well-grounded in a wide range of artistic media, Joyce learned the techniques of tapestry weaving and found a ready means of expression. She takes her inspiration from the weaving traditions of ethnic cultures. Their delight in color and joy in pattern encourage her own interpretation. Joyce’s love of fiber is also found in her original designs. She creates hand knit/embroidered clothing, needlepoint, and basketry. She has exhibited her work in local venues and at the American Tapestry Alliance Small Format Tapestry exhibits.
Joyce’s restless creative mind is always seeking to realize original possibilities. She seeks to make connections and association. She seeks to define alternatives and arrive at solutions, all in pursuit of her passion–color. Her approach to art is intuitive, her style geometric. She seldom uses pre-drawn plans. Joyce allows the work to evolve naturally as design solutions suggest themselves. Recurring themes and motifs include the cycle of growth and order in the natural world. Her images depict the connection between the manifesting world and its spiritual counterparts.