Musician and fiber artist born and raised in Seattle and now living in Taos, NM. Retired from the University of Arkansas Dept. of Music after teaching there from 1983-2008, Detels now spends her time playing piano and violin with various classical and pop/folk groups in the Taos area, as well as soloing as jazz/rock vocalist and piano at various local venues. As a fiber artist, she specializes in free-form crochet and felting of one-of-a-kind diva shawls and other art wear, home accessories, and wall hangings.
Claire Detels is Professor Emerita of the University of Arkansas Dept. of Music with an MA and PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of Washington and a BA from Colorado College. Always fascinated with the relationship between cultures and artistic styles, Claire initially intended to major in anthropology. Although she ended majoring in music, her interest in style and culture found its place in the study of musicology, as well as music performance.
Claire’s one-of-a-kind artworks and accessories feature everything from wall hangings to shawls, scarves, table runners and fiber jewelry. She works without reference to pre-drawn patterns or stitch counting; but according to expressive mixtures of different fiber textures, colors and stitch-types. Her award winning work is currently featured in the Amman Gallery in Taos, NM.