A display of fabric art by Diane Getty is on view this month in the Jean Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue.

Getty creates intriguing fabric art in dazzling colors and textures. She has created several exhibits for the Picker Room and has returned to Camden with another, titled “New Traditions.”

Throughout her life, Getty said she has treasured both fabrics and small objects. Fabrics offer not only a limitless range of color, but also an inspiring array of texture, pattern and image. It constitutes a most accommodating medium as it can be cut, frayed, slashed, drawn, painted, stitched, printed and embellished. Her collection of small objects includes wonders from the natural world, like four-leaf clovers; mundane necessities of life, like buttons; and vintage heirlooms, like her mother’s jewelry. Together, the fabric and small objects have yielded a colorful collection of decorative and expressive art.

“Although I appreciate and honor traditional quilting methods, I am more likely to ‘draw’ on fabric collage with free-form machine stitching or to embroider by hand. I follow no rules or set patterns,” Getty said.

Her topics spring from experiences of life and her reactions to them. To explore a topic, she experiments with materials, concepts and expressions of all the joy, wonder, sadness, and confusion in an ordinary life.

“I like both natural images as well as abstract symbols,” she said.

To celebrate nature, she studies and interprets plants and landscapes in fiber with paint, collage and stitching, using stylized and idealized images. Other themes she has explored include games, politics and humor, as in her Modern Saints series.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.