About Peri Allen

Born and raised in New York, it was my great fortune to have been introduced to the arts at an early age. Inspired by the lavish costume and set designs of Broadway along with the energy, vitality and diversity of cultures in the city, I began an early love affair with color and textiles.

 

Having access to so many museums and fabric houses, my passion grew into a collection which ranged from American bark cloth, Panamanian molas, African mud cloth, Mexican embroideries, Guatemalan tapestries and handiwork from around the world. I started creating three-dimensional quilts and wall hangings embellished with various bits of ephemera and folk art that kept creeping into my collections. The process intrigued me and stayed with me, as did the unity that resulted from the juxtaposition of so many unrelated components and ethnicities.

 

I think the name FineArtMadeFun sums up my philosophy. I like to be surrounded by color and things that make me smile. My work is quirky, playful, and a little raw. It comes from a spirit that won’t be quenched. Collage and mixed media allow me to indulge my love for detail with the unstructured application of anything that strikes my fancy. Layered images, shapes and patterns form the core of my designs. Next comes the overlay of color and paint. It is usually at this point when the design begins to create itself with the result often very different from my initial inclination. Girls appear bedecked with floral finery. Whimsical composites from a myriad of sources come alive on the page. All have a story to tell. Each rendering is an expression of my own personal journey through life. Sometimes humorous sometimes poignant, always funky, fun, and sophisticated filled with life and emotion.

About Peri Allen

Born and raised in New York, it was my great fortune to have been introduced to the arts at an early age. Inspired by the lavish costume and set designs of Broadway along with the energy, vitality and diversity of cultures in the city, I began an early love affair with color and textiles.

 

Having access to so many museums and fabric houses, my passion grew into a collection which ranged from American bark cloth, Panamanian molas, African mud cloth, Mexican embroideries, Guatemalan tapestries and handiwork from around the world. I started creating three-dimensional quilts and wall hangings embellished with various bits of ephemera and folk art that kept creeping into my collections. The process intrigued me and stayed with me, as did the unity that resulted from the juxtaposition of so many unrelated components and ethnicities.

 

I think the name FineArtMadeFun sums up my philosophy. I like to be surrounded by color and things that make me smile. My work is quirky, playful, and a little raw. It comes from a spirit that won’t be quenched. Collage and mixed media allow me to indulge my love for detail with the unstructured application of anything that strikes my fancy. Layered images, shapes and patterns form the core of my designs. Next comes the overlay of color and paint. It is usually at this point when the design begins to create itself with the result often very different from my initial inclination. Girls appear bedecked with floral finery. Whimsical composites from a myriad of sources come alive on the page. All have a story to tell. Each rendering is an expression of my own personal journey through life. Sometimes humorous sometimes poignant, always funky, fun, and sophisticated filled with life and emotion.