Carla J Fisher

Contact Information

Phone: (206) 406-1621

Artist's Statement

I have always been in awe of artists and their ability to share their feelings in such an intimate, expressive way. Throughout my life, color, texture, shape, and most importantly, nature, were magnets. Little did I know that, after the death of my husband, art would be the healing therapy that brought renewed meaning and joy to my life. After all, my life and career had been entrenched in the financial services business for twenty-five years, not art!

When one suffers an emotional loss, there is this sense of aloneness, worthlessness, hollowness, and simply feeling useless. At the intersection of those emotions and an overpowering basal need to express those sentiments creatively, my artwork has been born. I most often utilize thread and thrown away materials to symbolize how even the tired, used, and totally spent can experience new life. As I shape my world through free motion machine embroidery, I seek the viewer’s visceral response of surprise when they realize the sculptured material is simply thread. It is the reminder and the confirmation that one little strand truly can do seemingly impossible things when challenged to do so.

Selected Exhibitions

Discarded, Lieberman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

EDGE, Topeka, KS

Scythia Textile Mini Textile Art, 8th International Exhibit, Kherson, Ukraine

International Fiber Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea
Juried Exhibition

Art Unleashed, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2016 - 2017
Making Marks, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Juried Exhibition

International Embroidery Museum, Chung Young Yang, Korea

PMA Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA

World of Threads International Exhibit, Oakville (Toronto), Canada
Juried Exhibition

Making It, Wayne, PA
Juried Exhibition

Wunderkammern, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition, Synderman Gallery Pick

Do or Dye, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Joint, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Domestic Landscape, Philadelphia, PA


The Colors of Breezy Point
Untitled private commission

Artist's Bibliography

SDA Exhibition in Print, Winter 2017

“On Display," Cover art for juried show brochure Making It, September 2016

Professional Experience

Studio Artist

Arbitrator for FINRA (dispute resolution arm of SEC)

Awards and Honors

2016 - 2017
Artist in Residence, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Professional Artist
Surface Design Association
SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association)
TAFA (Textile and Fiber Art)


2015 - 2016
University of the Arts, Philadephia, PA
Craft and Material Studies, Fiber Arts

1983 - 1985
Columbia College University, Columbia, MO
Business Finance

University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO