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Local artist featured in juried craft show

Photo by Karin P. Koser: Liudmila Sherrer displays her handmade scarves at The Goat Farm Atlanta Arts Center.

Photo by Karin P. Koser: Liudmila Sherrer displays her handmade scarves at The Goat Farm Atlanta Arts Center.

Southern Crescent resident, Liudmila Sherrer, will join ranks with 225 other master artists this month in what has been deemed the Southeast’s largest juried craft show.

The artists will be featured in the three-day American Craft Council Atlanta Show, to be held March 9-11, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Sherrer is a full-time textile artist. She is also known as a fiber artist for her talents in working with felt to create decorative scarves.

“I love the feeling of wool, and working in this particular technique is a meditative process,” said Sherrer. “It’s really interesting and satisfying. I love the process, and I love the result. I hope people enjoy the finished pieces.”

The Russian-born artisan is a graduate of an architectural academy and university in Russia. She grew up in Kazan, Russia, a scenic city just east of Moscow.

“I was dreaming about it from when I was a child,” Sherrer said. “My grandmother taught me reading and painting. Since then, I always thought I would be an artist.”

Sherrer said she immigrated in 2006, to McDonough, where she lives with her husband, David Sherrer, and their dog, Woody. She brought with her a blend of old-world and new-invention felting techniques that she uses to create handcrafted scarves.

“I’m glad she enjoys doing it,” said her husband of five years. “She puts a lot of work into each and every one of them.”

The American Craft Council Atlanta Show will be the first showcase in Atlanta for Liudmila Sherrer, who has shown her work at other shows. Sherrer has worked with textiles for nearly 20 years. She discovered felting in 2007. Her work has earned her recognition from her peers at the nation’s top fine craft shows, with multiple awards, including the Emerging Artist Award of Excellence at the American Craft Expo 2011 in August.

“I’ve been fascinated by geometry from the time that I was trained as an architect, and I design my wearable art pieces based on geometric shapes and elements,” said Sherrer. “I create my one-of-a-kind, hand-felted pieces using centuries-old hand-wet-felting techniques and a felting method that I developed after several years of experimenting.”

Sherrer, who creates wearable art in her home studio, recalled her first introduction to fabric and textiles. She was a kindergartner, back in Russia, seeing demonstrations for making felt boots. However, she said, her parents, both aerospace engineers, encouraged her to have a more “serious” specialty, so she pursued a degree in architecture.

Sherrer returned to textiles after a short stint in the architecture profession. She began designing, constructing and managing the production of women’s clothes for a small company.

She rediscovered felting in 2007, after an illness inspired her to use creativity as therapy.

“I have tried different media to make clothing, but when I discovered felting, I couldn’t stop,” said Sherrer, who uses thick felt for making coats, and featherweight felt for scarves.

Sherrer plans to have a booth at both the American Craft Council Baltimore and Atlanta shows.

“One thing to remember is that participants of the Craft Council show are heavily vetted,” said Jim Hackney, of Atlanta, who is on the American Craft Council board of trustees. “All of the artisans are of a certain national caliber.”

To learn more about Sherrer, visit www.feltinventions.com.