About the Artist

About the Artist:

Irene Hinkle has been a fiber artist for the last 50 years and combines her passion for sustainability with fiber media to create beautiful and functional items from weeds or waste.

Irene holds a Master's Degree in Sustainability Education and has been teaching preschool through adults for over 35 years in formal and non-formal settings.

Woodard Creek Homestead is the family farm that provides the inspiration and many of the materials that Irene works with in her art. The family tradition of trying to live sustainably on the land and be an example in the community is part of her heritage.

She also takes energy from collaboration with the other artists in her family, namely her maternal grandparents, mother, sisters, and daughters.

Irene's home and farm are filled with the products of her passions: Baskets, Woven wood trellises, Clayworks, Herbal medicinals, Handmade Paper, Fungi Art, Handspun yarns, Naturally-dyed fibers, Knitted items, Crocheted items, Wet- and Dry-Felted wearables and artwork, and weavings.