Work on Monday: Dance of Life By Amy Zerner

"Dance of Life" by Amy Zerner
"Dance of Life" by Amy Zerner, Photo: Courtesy

This week, Work on Monday looks at a fabric collage by East Hampton artist and clothing designer Amy Zerner. While Zerner has become rather famous for her unique and artistic fashion and jewelry designs, as well as the series of metaphysical books and tools with her husband Monte Farber, she first gained attention for her stunning works of fabric collage.

Dance of Life
Amy Zerner (East Hampton)
Fabric collage
52 x 40 inches, 1998

This piece, “Dance of Life,” is from Zerner’s “Dreamscapes” series. The tapestry is crafted from dozens of carefully cut fabric scraps, coming together to present a fantastical world of myth and magic. Like paper collage, the artist must spend great time to painstakingly cut each shape and form out of what must be a vast library of fabric and textile patterns.

Zerner has found such success because she created a vernacular all her own and an aesthetic that is not duplicated in the world of fine art. With the beasts and butterflies, flora and fauna, and hidden human figures, her vision is one in which to get lost, a place to write stories and inspire an entirely new mythology for each viewer.

See more of Amy Zerner’s work (along with the fruits of her many endeavors) at

Work on Monday is a weekly look at one piece of art related to the East End, usually by a Hamptons or North Fork artist, living or dead, created in any kind of media. Join the conversation by posting your thoughts in the comments below and email suggestions for a future Work on Monday here.

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