Artist Statement

Fabric is my medium.

My life-long connection to the tactile quality of fabric and its potential to be transformed into objects both utilitarian and beautiful is undeniable.  Consciously limiting materials to fabric and thread supports my intention to create bold, graphic quilts with high visual impact.  Meticulous craftsmanship and dense machine quilting are hallmarks of my work and encourage the viewer to take a closer look.

Seeds for new compositions are often inspired by words or phrases that manifest as graphic images in my mind.  A variety of shapes cut from fabric and arranged on the design wall bring these images to life.  Early drafts of the compositions are often static.  As fabric elements are rearranged and edited, the perception of instability and motion is created when, in reality, no motion exists.



Sandra Palmer Ciolino was born and raised in northwestern Ohio and grew up immersed in family values that instilled a sense of purpose and determination in her pursuits. Sandra’s quilts sport bold geometric shapes and have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and art centers.  Her contemporary quilts can be found in the permanent collection of the Zanesville Museum of Art and in the homes of many patrons.

Sandra graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and taught 30 years in the Cincinnati Public School system.  Since her retirement in 2002, she pursues a full-time studio practice in her home in Cincinnati.



Click the arrow on the screen below to view a brief retrospective showing highlights of my work from 1996 – 2010.  Adjust volume to hear the audio track.
Early quilt photo images by the artist.