For The Love Of Craft: Carrie Goff

Carrie Goff, 3D Embroidery, Charlottesville, Virginia

Carrie has been drawn to creating since her early childhood. Working in many different mediums, she has found that embroidery gives her a balance with the freedom to explore contemporary mixed media and the structure of using very traditional types of stitches.

Have you always wanted to be an artist? What inspired you to start creating?

I’ve been drawing and oil painting since I was very young. My mother taught me a lot of the basics, as well as teaching me embroidery. I was always impressed with the ease with which she approached most anything artistic. I can still hear her voice saying in my head “you don’t stifle creativity,” and I think that over the years it’s become a sort of mantra in my life to keep trying new things thanks to her. And I love that that honors the tradition of pursuing this handmade art that’s been taught from ancestor to ancestor through so many generations.

Where do you find inspiration?

I love learning very traditional stitch techniques. As I try them out, I mull over in my head what else the texture that it creates makes me think of in modern times. My coffee bean pieces came from learning the bullion stitch, for example. Recently, I’ve studied 17th century button covering techniques and used that over wooden beads to create cacti for my succulent pieces.

How have you, as an artist, found your creative voice?