Candace Thomas_Bio, Statement

Bio: Candace Thomas

Candace Thomas was born in
Los Angeles, California and now resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Larry. She began working with fiber in the late 1960's. After going beyond the commercial pattern she expanded into wearable art, home d├ęcor, contemporary art quilts, and 3-dimentional fiber sculptures, all with an African Aesthetic. She has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. She is the collection Candace shares her love of textiles and fibers as she teaches fiber art and creative process workshops. Thomas was the featured artist for the 2005 African American Arts festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. In addition to exhibiting her own work she has curated and coordinated juried shows and exhibition on North Carolina.

Exhibitions or juried shows include:

Parallels and Intersections: Women Quilt a World, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006)
Art and the Feminine Devine,
Durham, NC (2006)
ARTQUILTSfabrications, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival (2006)
Nearness of You; Memory and Commemoration in Quiltmaking: Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival (2006)
African American Arts Festival Exhibit, African American Atelier,
Greensboro, NC (2005)
African American Quilt Circle, African American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC (2004)
Jazzin’ in July, and Tempted by Textures,
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC (2004)
Christmas in July, African American Atelier,
Greensboro, NC (2003)
African Masks, Fetishes and Icons, Portfolio Gallery,
St. Louis, Missouri (2003)
Durham, NC (2003)
Through Woman's Eyes, By Women's Hand's,
Chapel Hill, NC (2002)
African American Quilters,
Mary Lou Williams Center Black Culture Center, Duke University, Durham, NC (2001)
Ten Artist You Should Know,
Durham, NC (2001)
*In My Hands, An Homage to Black Women,
Durham, NC (2000)
(*- solo exhibits)

Statement : Candace Thomas

Thomas began working with fiber in the late 1960s. Her work is known for its masterful manipulation of a rich palette of African prints, tie dye and batik fabric, and highly-textured hand-woven African textiles. Her variations of the string quilt—masterfully embellished with threads and cowrie shells, then sculpted into multi-dimensional quilts—have achieved critical acclaim.

Thomas was the featured artist in the 2005 African American Arts Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work, which features a strong African aesthetic, has been exhibited in solo, group, and traveling exhibitions nationally.

Thomas lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Larry and her 9 sewing machines.