Born: 1983 | Falling Waters, West Virginia
Education: 2005 | Columbus College of Art & Design | Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Fine Arts | Emphasis: Drawing/Painting | Minor: Art History
John James Audubon, hand work, johnny cakes.
Grace Willard is an embroideress living in Seattle, WA. Her story began as a youngin’ growing up in rural West Virginia on a road named after a John Denver song. Exposed to rolling hills, steam engine shows, and good cooking she became like any good mountaineer; self sufficient and full of moxie.
Setting a course west, she attended Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH where she studied drawing and painting. Shortly before graduating in 2005, she took a paper making class on a whim to fill up some elective credits which ultimately changed the direction of her work forever. With a long lost interest in fiber arts rekindled, she began to incorporate more embroidery and crochet in work and began sailing her ship under the flag of fiber artist.
She is now a practicing artist showing her art work throughout the beautiful Puget Sound region and nationally. Willard is active in the art community and has interned with organizations Artist Trust, Shunpike and artist Mandy Greer. She currently works for local art magnet Pratt Fine Art Center in the historic Central District. She resides in Seattle with her rabbit/studio assistant Emmers.