Dianna Cooper-Ribner is a Colorado fiber artist whose work often bends various fibers (plant and animal) with surface design and mixed media. Dianna is motivated to create and reflect the beauty and richness in everyday life. For her, to create is to be inspired and self-renewed. It is a regenerative process.
Dianna has been a fiber artist since the late eighties. She began by making wearable art garments which evolved into felted nuno garments. Self standing and suspended felted works, including indoor and outdoor art followed, as well as functional, daily life objects such as lamps, vessels, garden ornaments and flags.
Dianna began felting with wool in 2000. Through continual exploration and workshops she began including Korean hanji paper into the felting process. Hanji is made from the fiber of the Mulberry tree. It was a short transition to using hanji with the Korean Joomchi felting technique to produce mixed media objects. The Joomchi method breaks the layers of paper and reconnects them into a single piece. By combining the hanji with water and agitation the fibers fuse together. Depending on the number of sheets of paper used varying levels of strength can be created allowing to make 2 and 3 dimensional objects.
Dianna is a member of the Front Range Contemporary Quilt (FRCQ), and Fiber Art and Mixed Media. Her work has been shown at the Tubac Center for the Arts in Arizona, Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, Gilpin County Arts Association, Center for the Arts Evergreen, PACE Center in Parker CO, and the Blue Ridge Fiber Show in North Carolina.