Shari Cornish has been a surface designer for more than 20 years designing and producing both art for the wall and functional art in the form of floor coverings. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Shari has exhibited her textiles in galleries throughout the United States. Her designs have been commissioned and collected internationally by individuals, corporate collections and museums.
Shari paints and prints using surface pigments on industrial felt to create floor cloths and wall hangings. Many of the floor cloths have been the design inspiration for her portfolio collection of knotted carpets. Cornish works closely with each client to personalize color, pattern and size. The premium quality rugs are created by working in collaboration with production artisans in the U.S. to achieve their lush texture, rich color and pattern. The painted works have also inspired the woven pieces that Cornish has produced using computer software to help translate the painted images into designs woven on industrial jacquard looms in collaboration with The Jacquard Center in Hendersonville, NC.
In 2003 Cornish completed a public art commission of an interactive art carpet for the Hennipen County Public Library in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Located in the juvenile area of the library, the 6’ x 18’ carpet, “Blackboard", serves as a game-board on which kids play and build images and forms using brightly colored painted industrial felt shapes. The installation has been an extremely successful addition to the children’s area. Shari has plans to develop a “residential” version of the art carpet.
In 2006 Shari Cornish has expanded her presence on the internet with her web- site: sharicornish.com. Shari continues to work in the studio painting and developing designs for production. She is looking forward to building new relationships that will continue her presence both in the fine arts realm and in the contemporary rug market.