“My approach to working with nature is up close and personal, be it animal, vegetable or mineral. It would not be possible for me to get too near my subjects. I even take home pieces of their existence to handle, transform, and celebrate. I visit farms and agricultural festivals, and harvest wild and cultivated plant materials for my fiber dye pots. I spin natural fibers from a vast fleece collection sourced from sheep, goats, camelids and even dogs, on my Louet S10 spinning wheel. I draw, photograph, sculpt, spin, knit, felt, bead . . . always keeping my eye and hand and heart open to what moves me.”
A lifelong artist, Lori Schafer has worked at iconic NYC art museums, galleries and private collections. She is a dedicated vegetarian, and has spent many years creatively absorbed with the fruits of her existence. A multi-year series of large scale vegetable drawings were inspired by her involvement with CSA farms. A juried competition sponsored by The Fitchburg Art Museum culminated in having those works displayed in the museum for three months. For over three decades she has been selected to exhibit throughout the Northeast United States.
Lori received her BA Cum Laude in Fine Art and German from St. Lawrence University, and studied art history at CUNY Grad School for several years. She has also lived and travelled abroad extensively. She currently resides in Rockland ME with her husband Jeffrey Wolff, an artist and award-winning writer.