Mia Tyson (Emeritus)

Tega Cay, SC | Exhibiting Since 1997

My interest in clothing design and construction goes back to my maternal grandmother who was an expert seamstress, albeit self-taught. Growing up in rural Union County, North Carolina, I learned through watching her the value and pride that comes from making something well from the best materials that were available at that time and place. She did the very best she could with what she had at hand. Garments made from the finest materials (and the cheapest labor) are available from literally anywhere in a few days with global manufacturing, transportation and distribution. Consumer goods come from places whose names my Granny could never pronounce. We are beginning to question the sustainability of these practices. When you can choose anything, what do you choose?

I am a ceramist by education. My work in clay reflects my interest in creating a sense of movement within each piece by merging its shape with the drawing incorporated upon it. My work in fabric continues to explore this theme. The clay vessel has been replaced by the body of each patron. In place of the sgraffito drawings are the hand needle felted designs. The asymmetrical structural line of each piece creates a focal point in the front balanced by the needle felted “drawing” presenting a streamlined appearance for the garment and the wearer producing a minimalist effect.