Fairy godmother of art Glennon transforms fabrics into paintings | report

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Lorri Glennon is known to her customers as the fairy godmother of art.

It’s also a variation on the name she gave the shop, Fairy Godmother Arts, through which she sells her artwork.

“Quirky original creations depicting trees, sunrises, sunsets, animals, marine life, plants and more will cheer up your home or office, comfort the sick to touch, or give distant friends and relatives a ‘think of yourself’ gift, Glennon describes their fabric – Art paintings on their Facebook page.

Originally from Virginia, Glennon has been creating art since she was four. While trying different media and art styles, she has focused on painting with fabric art for the past decade.

Her affinity for fabric art began when she joined online groups in 1999 that traded fabric postcards. She made fabric postcards 10 by 6 inches and exchanged them with people in other countries. She then collected a collection of beautiful postcards from all over the world.

Glennon first began making fabric postcards to sell to customers. Then she took what she had learned and started making fabric pictures.

Fabric images do not actually contain any color. They are made of fabrics. Glennon has a fusible link and cuts different shapes from different pieces of fabric to create a painting. She uses a sewing machine to layer pieces of fabric to create a work of art. She uses the same brightly colored thread in all of her work.

Many of Glennon’s commissioned works include pets, houses, and landscapes. One of her favorite pieces was an organza jellyfish blanket that she created for a friend that took six months to make.

Glennon said she has collected at least 800 yards of fabric that she plans to use in her upcoming work. Her favorite work material is batik.

Glennon produces her work in the space of a 120 year old farmhouse in Hobbsville that she has converted into a studio. The room is also where she and her husband Bob got married.

The couple met when Glennon owned a pearl shop in the Outer Banks. Glennon had also been driving a school bus at the time when a friend suggested she take a tram to a wildlife sanctuary as well. While on one of the rides, she met Bob, a wildlife biologist. However, it would be a few years before they started dating and becoming engaged. Bob then asked her to marry him at his Hobbsville farmhouse.

Glennon said her work has previously been exhibited by the Chowan Arts Council, the Perquimans Arts League, and other local galleries and craft exhibitions. Her work can also be seen on her Fairy Godmother Arts Facebook page and Instagram.

When not in the art, Glennon enjoys hanging out with her husband, children, grandchildren, cats, and two puppies.

For more information on Glennon’s artwork, call (252) 256-3034.


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