I have been creating art quilts since 2005 when I took a workshop at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus. This opened my eyes to the unlimited possibilities for a textile artist. The route I chose was the narrative style, also thought of as story quilting. I include small details for definition and whimsy. I combine commercial and hand dyed fabrics, the prints are bold and I discovered when they are combined the fabrics give off a lovely sense of movement. The layers of fabric I use create shadow and echo with other small pieces of fabric. I use a raw-edge applique to create this effect. Amy Kollar Anderson, a painter, once told me “My colors and patterns shouldn’t go together, but they do.”
I am hard on my sewing machine, as I build up layers of thread and fill in spaces like I was using a colored pencil. Indeed, my longtime friend, Mike Elsass, says I “paint with fabric.” My quilts are easily recognizable no matter what the subject. My face quilts are a mix of abstraction and folk art. My nature scenes are visually interesting and as intimate as a vase of flowers. Each of my art quilts are an expression of our stories, our lives, and how we communicate with each other.
I have studied with some of the best art quilters around such as Nancy Crow, Sue Benner, Rosalie Dace, Jane Burch Cochran and Betty Busby. Jane was truly my mentor, allowing me to enter shows with her and get my quilts into the mainstream. We exhibited together at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE and the Rife Gallery in Columbus, OH. Each quilt has its own dimensions and no two quilts are alike. If you would like to inquire about a quilt, please contact me at email@example.com My studio is open by appointment only, should you want see me at work.