Artist Profiles-Lennie Adams

Lennie, can you tell us how you started off with artwork and fabrics?

I was 11 years old when a box of hand-me-downs from a cousin in Pennsylvania arrived on my door step. Being the oldest of 5 this surprised me but that was nothing compared to what I found in the box. I was born and raised in Southern California and everything in the box looked like a square dancing outfit, I cried. So that was the beginning of my sewing days and I have never stopped.

How did you start using Paverpol?

I made my first cloth doll in 1995 from a book. Then I met my best friend, Liz and we formed a cloth doll group in 1997 with more than 20 women in it and the camaraderie and talents were wonderful. In 2004 I kept seeing the ad in the back of a doll magazine “Just add a T-shirt and make a Garden Statue”. I thought another adventure! I ordered the small kit to make a “Purple Hat Lady” and the huge tub of transparent. (I don’t know what I was thinking when buying that big tub!)

How have you used Paverpol to increase your repetoire?

I have used Paverpol to repair a gate, changed the color of a metal soap dish, and I made that 3’ Garden stature too. I like natural elements which I collect all the time. Bamboo, bark, palm fronds, leaves, a slinky that had been run over on a street in San Francisco all these materials have shown up in my work. I must say that meeting Christa Light, owner of Paverpol USA, and all her talented teachers and students have taught me so much I could never have reached the PPT level and had so much fun without her.

What do you like about Paverpol?

I should stand up and say, “Hi, my name is Lennie and I am a fabricholic” Versatility is what I got with the discovery of Paverpol. I always use Paverpol in my pieces just not on everything. If I need a fabric to shine and be wispy I layer it over the Paverpol structure. What I really like is the whole community around the world! The sharing of information and creative pieces that all these people are making. There is no jealousy and people answer your questions about how they did that without a thought.

Do you have a favorite piece?

I am a gatherer by nature. So when I have an idea it usually includes something I already have. Then putting all the pieces together in a beautiful form or combination I create a one of a kind sculpture. I rarely buy anything. People give me things all the time. This piece includes little porcelain birds and a birdcage that were my Grandmother’s.

The wings were made with multiple  fibers then wired. The hair beads are some type of decorative strand I found shoved in the bottom drawer not sure how it got there.

Can you give any tips to our Paverpol users?

Teach what you learn.
Don’t be afraid to try something new even if you think it is out of your range!

Go ahead and buy the big tub!

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