The fiber artist
: I began indulging in fiber arts when I was around eight and tried my hand at embroidery, knitting, sewing, painting, sculpting, carving, and beadwork. I focused on knitting and sewing clothing but over the years added quilting, jewelry, and beadwork. I continue to knit, bead, quilt and create jewelry. I also design and create patterns.

The collector, researcher and writer: I was lucky enough to inherit creative capabilities and an appreciation of travel and other cultures from both parents. Additionally, I inherited colleting genes from both of them.

I have cultivated an appreciation for the art created by women over the centuries that – because they were women – was never recognized as art. As a world traveler, I have had the opportunity to see many cultures that create fiber arts - clothing, household items, art, and jewelry.

Collecting first led me into the world of antiques – both full size furniture and miniatures for dollhouses. While living in Europe, I discovered and began collecting antique and vintage lace, jewelry, fabric, beads, and beadwork. I now have hundreds of examples of beadwork from the 1700s through the first half of the twentieth century. My beadwork collection has provided the motivation for researching the use of, the construction of, and the patterns for applied beadwork.

The person: Despite the time constraints of simultaneously raising a daughter and a son on my own and working a high profile job, I’ve never lost my sense of curiosity about the world – both the natural world and people and their cultures. I spend time outdoors – gardening, skiing, hiking, and just walking. The natural world has provided much of my inspiration for color in my designs. I’ve always made time for my creative side – building furniture, restoring antiques, embroidery, knitting, quilting, beadwork, and jewelry.

Lee Sigler

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