Fourteen years ago I searched for beauty in the traditional
things—in craft forms. Now I combine them with high-tech
materials and engineering to create voluptuous,
billowing forms the scale of buildings.
~ Janet Echelman
Today's Wednesday Wonder is Janet Echelman, an imaginative, witty, and highly collaborative artist who makes gorgeous, large-scale fiber sculptures that are a blend of the traditional and the high-tech, uniquely engineered to maintain their shape while moving gracefully in their environments of wind, water, and sun.
A Fulbright scholar who was rejected from all seven art schools to which she applied, Echelman is the epitome of the dreamer who, in pursuit of the "rediscovery of wonder", looks for inspiration wherever she is, applying unorthodox approaches to complex artistic conceptions. She is deservedly known internationally for her awesome public commissions, the creation of some of which she describes in the video below.