Heather Allen Hietala’s current series of boat themed objects and images continues to explore the idea of a journey with the boat now symbolizing the journey.
Heather Allen Hietala received her BFA degree from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (WI), Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), Asheville Art Museum (NC), Atlanta International Museum of Art (GA), American Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA), American Institute of Architects (DC), Wesserling Textile Museum (France) and the Singapore Art Museum. Hietala’s work is in various diverse collections including the Racine Art Museum (WI), North Carolina Arts Commission, Fidelity Investments (MA), Trans Financial Bank (TN) and the Biltmore Estate (NC). Heather currently works from her studio in North Carolina.
She has completed a major textile replication project for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. These large embroidered pelmets, similar to a valance, are displayed in the second floor living hall.
“I am interested in duality and the idea of two (or more) things that are intrinsically bound together, made by the same hand. My work explores relationships and inter-relationships between individual pieces, their materials, forms and ideas. Created separately, individual pieces are presented in pairs or groupings that strengthen and highlight this sense of similarity and contrast…It is my goal that in presenting different groupings and installations, provocative relationships and dialogues are created.”