Ayn is a printmaker and textile artist. Her subject matter includes imagery from the natural world as well as abstract compositions informed by her dreams. Her work is an exploration of ideas and processes, incorporating drawing, layers, patterns and texture to achieve visual storytelling.
Formally trained as a professional fine art printer, Ayn began working with textiles in 2005. Her current work is focused on merging processes and techniques from her printmaking background with the fabrics and threads of the textile medium, the results of which she calls textile paintings.
Ayn maintains an active exhibition and show schedule. Her work has been shown in numerous regional and national juried exhibits and gallery shows throughout the US, including shows in NY, CT, MD, PA, and VT in the East, IL, MN, TX in the Midwest, and NM, OR, WA and throughout Colorado in the West. She has exhibited at American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and St. Paul and the SOFA Chicago Show.
Her work is available at several galleries throughout the US. Ayn has taught drawing and printmaking at the college level and currently teaches workshops in multiple surface design techniques as well as eco-dyeing and contact printing with natural plant materials. Her current teaching schedule is available here.
Born in Illinois and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ayn moved to Colorado in 1981 to attend college at Colorado State University where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Printmaking and Sculpture. After completing her MFA, she moved to New York City and spent several years working as a professional Fine Art Printer in a Master Printmaking (Etching) Studio in Manhattan. She returned to CO a few years later and currently lives and maintains her studio practice in Fort Collins, CO.
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