Carol Nesper's Profile

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Hello, my name is Carol Nesper. I am a fiber artist living in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. I am also an elementary school art teacher.
Before I became a teacher I worked as a fiber artist designing and making children and adult clothing. My specialty is hand dyed silk. I had a studio space in an old schoolhouse which also functioned as a shop. I also participated in many craftfairs in and around Ohio. After 15 years I closed my doors to my studio and stayed home to care for my new baby.
Although I opened this Etsy shop a while ago, I am just now seriously listing items to sell.

My training:
I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1985 with a degree in Fine Art. I studied textile art under Susan Kristofferson and printmaking under Robert Wolfe.
I started hand…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 20
  • Joined October 16, 2008

Favorite materials

Silk, wool, cotton

About

Hello, my name is Carol Nesper. I am a fiber artist living in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. I am also an elementary school art teacher.
Before I became a teacher I worked as a fiber artist designing and making children and adult clothing. My specialty is hand dyed silk. I had a studio space in an old schoolhouse which also functioned as a shop. I also participated in many craftfairs in and around Ohio. After 15 years I closed my doors to my studio and stayed home to care for my new baby.
Although I opened this Etsy shop a while ago, I am just now seriously listing items to sell.

My training:
I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1985 with a degree in Fine Art. I studied textile art under Susan Kristofferson and printmaking under Robert Wolfe.
I started hand dying silk and creating clothing from it, first in a studio on the third floor of my parent's house in Shaker Heights, Ohio; next in a sunny room in my apartment; then in wonderful space in an former schoolhouse; and lastly in several rooms in the house I share with my husband and son.
I dye my fabrics using tie-dye and shibori techniques. I started out making clothing and scarves for adults, but as my friends began giving birth, I began making children's clothing. I currently take a pre-made cotton knit garment, dye it a solid color of my choice, and then sew on decorative patches of my own pattern-dyed silk. These pieces have been a big hit here in Cleveland, Ohio. They are unique and therefore make a wonderful gift. They are creative and therefore appeal to those of us who enjoy arty things. And they are playful so they appeal to children.
The dresses I make usually have a large patch on the chest and then six little patches around the hem. The baby rompers typically have a large patch on the front and then a little one on the back. I figure babies are often held by an adult with their backs to the world so why shouldn't we have something cute to see on the back. All of the items I create are colorfast, machine washable, and tumble dry-able (is that a word?).
Cleaning:
For best results I recommend turning the garment inside out to wash in order to protect the patches, and line drying. They are typically passed from one child to the next.

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