Theodore Stumpf

Theodore Stumpf (St. Paul, Minnesota) was born on Halloween, so naturally costumes played a central role in his childhood. His mother taught him to sew when he was in elementary school on her aqua-blue Brother sewing machine. He discovered theater in his late teens and began creating costumes for local stage productions. In college, he studied all forms of fabric manipulation, including dyeing, patterning, construction, millinery, and design, and has been working professionally in the costume industry for 25 years.  Theodore received the 2003, 2005, and 2006 Howard C. Payne Memorial Award for Innovation in Fiber from the Springwater Fiber Workshop in Washington, DC.

What began as a graduate school project has now resulted in his Artiste de Fibre line of signature zig zag vessels, made only from fabric and a lot of zig zag stitches of thread on the bias. His artist book provides the “how” behind the item.  A relative’s gift of a wall covering made from vintage ties launched his creativity, and he added exquisite pillows and pouches from repurposed neckties into his Artiste de Fibre collection.

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Pouch Red Paisley, Pouch Red Geometric, Pouch Red Botanical, Pouch Red 4-print, Pillow Red, Vessel Larger Red, Vessel Smaller Red, Artist Book