Linda Geiger

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Artist Bio

I began my art career as a retail visual merchandiser, then as a graphic artist and owner of Bright Ideas Studio, established in 1984. After desktop publishing became popular and people began doing their own graphic design, I kept the business afloat by diversifying into fiber arts, utilizing my sewing and fabric manipulation training and talents to create soft-sculptured art dolls, art quilts, garments and accessories.

My art is inspired by my life’s dreams and experiences, and incorporates materials that have been “repurposed.” It is not uncommon to find scraps of hand-dyed fabric, vintage buttons, and even dryer lint (yes, dryer lint!) in my works. I love thrift shopping, collecting, and “dumpster diving” for unusual fabrics and embellishments to incorporate into my art dolls, fiber art, and one-of-a-kind accessories. In addition to doing my part to reduce my “carbon footprint” I donates a percentage of the sales of my art to several charities near and dear to her heart.

I enjoy sharing my talents with others by teaching workshops and classes in fiber art, sewing, fabric dyeing, silk painting and soft-sculptured dollmaking. I am a long-time member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance and have taught for several years with their Artist Residency Programs. I am also a member of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Seams Unique Fiber Artists group and Art & Antique Studio & Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District. I create in my home studio as well as in shared studio space in Satellite Beach.

I have been a resident of Cocoa Beach since 1985, and have always been amazed at the talent that resides here.

Artist Statement

I am blessed to have been surrounded by love, creativity and talent, growing up in a “financially challenged” home in the 1950s in Baltimore, Maryland. My supportive, stay-at-home mom enjoyed sewing, cooking and crafts, and my hard-working, adoring dad enjoyed wood-crafting and gardening projects. Much of what my family acquired made use of what was on hand…hence my recycling and repurposing roots! I have been sewing and creating since pre-school, and made most of my own clothing throughout my high school years.

I began my art career as a retail visual merchandiser, then as a graphic artist and owner of Bright Ideas Studio, established in 1984. After desktop publishing became popular and people began doing their own graphic design, I kept the business afloat by diversifying into fiber arts, utilizing my sewing and fabric manipulation training and talents to create soft-sculptured art dolls, art quilts, garments and accessories. There never seems to be an end to the techniques involved with fiber arts…I love learning and sharing!

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