Artist Biography: Joyce Dewsbury did not start out as a fabric artist, even though some family members were involved in textile crafts. She received a BA in Sociology from Bucknell University and a BFA in Art History from the University of Florida. It was after taking a batik class in 1970 that she acquired a love of and interest in fabric art. She took other courses and workshops in surface design techniques but she is largely self taught.
Her work has been included in many art exhibits both in and out of state, and she has been a member of the Artisans’ Guild Gallery for thirty-four years. Articles and images of her work have been published in newspapers, magazines, and most recently images of five of her art works were included in the book Batik for Artists and Quilters by Eloise Piper.
Artist Statement: Joyce loves working with fabric. She uses techniques of piecing, quilting, painting, printing, and embellishments to create her wall hangings, vests and jackets, scarves, fabric brooches, and art cards. She retired from the University of Florida Libraries in June 2010 and she very much enjoys having more time to spend in her studio creating her unique art.