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Amy Orr makes art from a pallet of post-consumer materials including credit cards, twist ties, chicken bones, shattered auto glass, plastic parts and currency. She uses these elements to create patterns; building elaborately pieced and patterned surfaces. Orr's work pay homage to women's work, using cultural ephemera in place of fabric scraps. Orr is fascinated by the ordinary, drawn to particular artifacts for their abundance, color and inherent content.
. The plastic card, now an iconic element- is colorful, desirable and readily available. Orr collects plastic cards worldwide. Donations flow in daily. In some of Amy Orr's work including World Map and Mao Sees Green, the cards are cut up into small pieces and arranged in mosaic-like compositions. Whether looking at a pattern piece or figurative mosaic, the plastic fragments create wastelands of advertising scattered with sparkling…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 15
  • Joined July 9, 2010

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chicken bones, shattered auto glass, plastic parts, religious mementos, twist ties, currency and dollar store multiples

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About

Statement
Amy Orr makes art from a pallet of post-consumer materials including credit cards, twist ties, chicken bones, shattered auto glass, plastic parts and currency. She uses these elements to create patterns; building elaborately pieced and patterned surfaces. Orr's work pay homage to women's work, using cultural ephemera in place of fabric scraps. Orr is fascinated by the ordinary, drawn to particular artifacts for their abundance, color and inherent content.
. The plastic card, now an iconic element- is colorful, desirable and readily available. Orr collects plastic cards worldwide. Donations flow in daily. In some of Amy Orr's work including World Map and Mao Sees Green, the cards are cut up into small pieces and arranged in mosaic-like compositions. Whether looking at a pattern piece or figurative mosaic, the plastic fragments create wastelands of advertising scattered with sparkling bits of information.

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Amy Orr's work is exhibited and written about frequently. Articles have appeared in Fiber Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, in Japan and a cover story in Surface Design Journal. Select exhibitions include a solo show, Plastic Culture, at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, SOFA NY, the 7th International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia and Alternative Quilt at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft

Amy Orr is the Director of FiberPhiladelphia 2012 and adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, an MA in Education from the University of the Arts and an MFA in Fibers/Crafts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Amy Orr lives with her husband, photographer John Woodin and son Hal, in Philadelphia, PA and Southold, NY.

For more information visit www.amyorr.net

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