Bonnie Zimmer – One Of A Kind by Bonnie Zimmer

Bonnie Zimmer - One Of A Kind by Bonnie Zimmer

Artist Member

Rensselaer, IN

I am a retired art educator, I am now a full time artist creating a wide variety of art. When I want to “play”, I create wearable art including copper, sterling, beaded and found object jewelry; botanical printed clothing & scarves; bleach/discharged up-cycled clothing. When I want to challenge myself, I create conceptual, fiber and found material vessels, assemblages, sculpture, and installations, all exploring the relationship between humans and nature.

I’ve been “making” since childhood, learning to knit and sew at an early age. Building on my love of textiles and fiber, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textiles, at Indiana University in the early 1970’s.

I primarily utilize cold connection, forged, and stitched jewelry with beads. My conceptual art often begins with laying out natural and found materials and following where they lead me. I utilize many fiber techniques to join and connect materials, sometimes drilling holes or piercing, then sewing, weaving, lashing, binding, etc.  With my installation art, I define the area then work directly with my huge collection of natural materials and found objects.