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Meet Bonnie Mullins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Mullins.

Bonnie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I remember making and “inventing” a lot as a little girl.

I grew up in a small city in Wisconsin next to a patch of woods and was always using my creations as a way to interact with that environment.

As I grew up, I became a bit more informed with each project, which led me to where I am now.

I’m still aiming to learn and push the boundaries of what I created last, as a means of interacting with or understanding my life’s happenings.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I don’t think any artist would describe their journey as necessarily smooth. It’s such a wonderful process to grow with your work, but it often includes a lot of heart-wrenching reinvention.

I’m getting better at not being so attached to my experiments and just having fun with them. If it’s a flop I’m still thankful I learned something in the process of making it!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a proud self-proclaimed fiber nerd. I’ve always had a love for fibers so when I found out I could study it in college it just clicked!

The fiber arts are so welcoming with the soft, malleable materials, fun colors, and rich history. I am consistently learning and being amazed. There are so many facets to the art but I have found my favorite to be in dye and soft sculpture. I am kind of amused with the drastic change my work has taken in the past few years.

What used to be earth tones and details of decay have metamorphosized into soft chunky lines of neon. I think something snapped in me when I was creating during the isolation of the pandemic and I was just ready to put my own sense of humor into my work.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The industry of fibers is so wide and embedded into our daily lives so much.

I kind of see it as divided into practical and studio production. I hope in the future these lines can be blurred and textile design and craft can be pushed to the limits of having funky character and freedom of strange expression.

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