Meet Monika Lilley
Monika Lilley has been working in the fiber arts for over eleven years and has been teaching for over seven. What started out as a small school project quickly grew into something larger than she could ever have imagined. Though she has worked with and studied under many wonderful people along the way, most of her experience has come from self-teaching or "trial and error", as she says.
Fiber Art is truly a "made-from-scratch" art and she loves to introduce others to the joy and relaxation found working in fiber. Preserving and passing on heritage and cultural arts and their historical significance is an important aspect in her teaching. It's more than just creating something beautiful and unique it's a way to continue our world's traditions.
Fiber is unique as an art form. Having started in early history as a necessary skill for daily living, many saw it as a chore, something that simply had to be done.
As time passed and new inventions came along, it has evolved into art form.
No longer an absolute necessity but instead a creative and relaxing craft for many. From shearing and processing to spinning and weaving, or the dyeing and felting, fiber art offers many fun and challenging art forms to work in.
Throughout her checkered teaching career Monika Lilley has worked with schools and summer camps throughout Worcester and Wicomico Counties and enjoys working with schools to create a program to make a social studies or science lesson come alive.
In 2009 she started Upper Room Studio to supply the shore with quality fiber art equipment and fun classes. Through everything though, her goal is for children and adults to enjoy an amazing art while taking part in continuing a legacy.