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The Tale of a Quilt Commission and Two Thermostats

The Tale of a Quilt Commission and Two Thermostats

I spent most of 2014 holed up in my studio developing, composing, and piecing a new body of work that currently consists of ten quilt tops – five that are enormous.  This arduous, creative journey was humbling, but during the process, I felt my artistic confidence growing.  When my sister, Karla, and her significant other, Tim, […]

Hot off the Press!

Hot off the Press!

New Publication:  “Art Quilts of the Midwest” I am honored to be one of twenty artists whose stories and quilts are featured in the newly released book, “Art Quilts of the Midwest”, by Linzee Kull McCray. This book is currently available through Amazon . . . http://www.amazon.com/Art-Quilts-Midwest-Bur-…/…/ref=sr_1_1… . . . or through the publisher, University […]

Juggling Act

Juggling Act

When I am ready to move into new territory in my work, it means consciously challenging myself to integrate specific elements in a composition.  An effective strategy is to create a study, a low-stakes platform to experiment with juggling all the variables. My checklist was very specific:  square format; 4-plex structure; bold shapes; figure/ground tension; […]

Making a Great Impression . . . on Your Fabric

Making a Great Impression . . . on Your Fabric

Those of us who work with fabric are always searching for innovative marking tools.  Too often, evidence of the marks is difficult or impossible to completely remove from the fabric.  And there is always the concern about how the myriad of marking substances will affect fabric over time. My favorite new tool is the “Smooth […]

The Fabric That Inspired “Martello #6: Skyward”

The Fabric That Inspired “Martello #6: Skyward”

Almost two years ago, my friend and fellow artist, Kathryn (Casey) Collier, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Casey enjoyed a multitude of interests, but she was most passionate about creating art quilts and hand dyeing fabric, yarn, ribbon, t-shirts, and bamboo socks. “Martello #6: Skyward” features Casey’s azure, teal, and violet hand-dyed […]

The Design Inspiration Behind “Martello #7: Biofeedback”

The Design Inspiration Behind “Martello #7: Biofeedback”

A year and a half ago, my husband underwent coronary quadruple by-pass surgery.  Part of his recovery regimen was participation in a closely monitored cardiac rehab program.  I was inspired by his dedication to his recovery and felt compelled to honor it in art.  “Martello #7: Biofeedback” features the human body and its circulatory system […]

Selected for Publication

Selected for Publication

“Martello #5: Liaisons”  has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming publication, Art Quilts of the Midwest. The book will include a biography of each artist and a statement regarding the chosen work’s Midwest connection, along with full and detail photo images of the entire artwork.  There may also be space for additional photos of each […]

Have You Ever Hit “The Wall”?

Have You Ever Hit “The Wall”?

Hitting “the wall” is no fun, whether it’s a literal or figurative version of the cliché. Ideas seem thwarted, and attempts to begin new work feel out of sync.  But it can be a learning experience and a kick-start to creating again. After hitting the proverbial wall myself recently, I decided to stop the agonizing […]

Joint Venture (post 1 of 2)

Joint Venture (post 1 of 2)

Joseph Trippetti is a dear friend and skilled artisan (click here to read more about him).  A few months ago, Joe and I agreed to a collaboration; each of us would choose one artwork from the other’s body of work and replicate the work in our own media. Our materials of choice are extreme opposites.  Joe’s medium […]

Joint Venture (post 2 of 2)

Joint Venture (post 2 of 2)

Read post #1 for background information about this collaboration. My quilt, “Picking Up The Pieces” in fiber, and Joe’s replica in enamel. Photos by the artist.