Happy Birthday: Terese Agnew
Terese Agnew is a contemporary fiber artist who was born on August 8th. While also a sculptor she is best known for her quilts and embroidery.
Her process is very lengthy with each piece taking about 3 years to complete. Her embroidery technique is really more like "drawing" with a sew machine. Larger visual elements are added to the quilt by hand stitching them.
I first heard of Agnew on Craft In America on PBS. It's a great series thats full of crafty inspo. Below is Agnew's clip where she discusses her most famous work, Portrait of a Textile Worker. This piece, like many of her others, have social statement. Here it's about clothing production and the poor treatment of garment workers.
"All good art has craft in it. To me the term craft has more to do with an approach to medium–opening up more possibilities for the form of a work to relate to the subject in a way that is not arbitrary. That's a plus no matter what you call it."