We had the good fortune of connecting with Amie Adelman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I officially started Amie Adelman Art after moving to Texas in 2001. It was a way for me to keep track of my inventory and provided me with an income goal. I quickly learned about taxes and how to itemize expenses.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I received an MFA concentration in fibers from the University of Kansas and a BFA concentration in fibers from Arizona State University. Through numerous travel grants, I conducted textile research in Africa (Ghana, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda), Europe (England, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Scotland), and South America (Guatemala). Knowledge gained from the in-depth study of a broad range of textile traditions, techniques, and art forms has equipped me to explore and utilize various woven and non-woven structures in my artwork.
I am most proud of the large installations made of thread or monofilament that I have installed in Michigan, Texas, Virginia, and on the island of Crete. Each installation provides a unique set of challenges that pushes me to investigate design and installation techniques further. It’s exciting to know that the installations can exist in exterior and interior locations and can be as simple or complex as the location dictates.
Since the pandemic, I have been experimenting more with traditional and nontraditional basketry forms. I see a future of exhibitions happening upon challenging myself to experiment with unique materials and techniques.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend came to visit me in Texas!
• We wouldn’t have to go far from my home in Azle. I live on Eagle Mountain Lake, so spending a day kayaking on the lake and inviting others over for a steak dinner is a must.
• There also may be a day of staying home and making basket forms on the dock.
•We would have to spend a couple of days in Fort Worth visiting the museums, water gardens, and eating at Booger Red’s Saloon in the stockyards.
• Visiting the Patterson-Appleton Art Center in Denton would also be on the agenda. There, one can experience my permanent installation and two murals located inside. We would end the day in Denton by eating sushi, lasagna, and tiramisu at Keiichi.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My success is due to my parents; if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t here. My father supported my education in fine arts, and my older sister and brothers were there along the way to provide feedback, especially during setbacks. I was also fortunate to have professors and mentors at Arizona State University and the University of Kansas who guided me on the path to becoming a fiber artist. Currently, I am on the National Basketry Organization board of directors, which includes a group of supportive individuals making, exhibiting, and collecting traditional and contemporary basketry forms made of natural and upcycled materials.
Photo Credit (images 3-6): Thomas Judd