ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Spring” (32″ x 30″) Working with hand quilting and applique to depict things of spring inspired this quilt. Using actual pattern of my hand. The background is stripped-pieced by machine to add texture. An original design under Stitchit by M.
Hello! I work as a studio artist in the medium of contemporary textiles, an educator of family and human development, and writer who lives in the Appalachian mountains. From the inspirations that surround me and my own collected ideas and images gathered from experiences of life, nature, and travel, I create expressions and images related to themes of human experiences, nature’s perspectives, and a celebration of our lives as human beings! Fabric and threads were discovered at an early age. I combine them with knowledge and training in music, design, human development, and education, and in the studio create original contemporary textile art wall hangings and artwear.
Much of my work expresses ideas related to life and the human experience, such as human diversity or hope, while others are a celebration of color, form, and texture. Color and texture are the two elements that drive my inspiration and design process. As a studio artist and designer, the creative process guides my work—experimenting, exploring, and improvising with fabrics, threads, and other mixed media and techniques in order to express an idea.
Textiles are the main medium used to create my contemporary wall-hangings and artwear. Free-motion quilting, piecing, raw-edged applique, and threadpainting are some of the main techniques used for the desired effect in my pieces. Original apparel designs–garments and accessories–are created commonly featuring free-motion quilting. Additional design details may be added to a piece using paint, beads, or 3-D details.
2015 Juried Exhibit, Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA.
2014 Solo Exhibit, Wallace Hall Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2014 Solo Exhibit, ArtWalk Blacksburg, Feb.-Apr., Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery, Blacksburg, VA.
2006 SAQA Member Invitational, Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, VA.
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Mary Beth Bellah is an artist whose work continues to challenge the traditional understanding of what constitutes a quilt. Exhibiting widely in both national and international juried/invitational exhibits her work frequently involves a unique combination of cotton, wire, recycled elements and thread which may be free standing or wall mounted. Exhibits have included invited work at Ely Cathedral in Cambrigeshire, UK and Llangollen North Wales; Quilt National 2007 (OH) and Material’s Hard & Soft (TX).
I find the greatest satisfaction and challenge in creating 3-dimensional work which reveals multiple perspectives and lends itself to a variety of interpretations. I choose to let the physical structure hold diverse or hidden facets which require the viewer to adjust their vantage point (either physically or psychologically) and see the work from another view or miss some nuance or critical speaking point. Left to right, inside or outside, each “side” speaks to its own story.
Working with fiber and textiles specifically is my preferred material because it is so readily accessible to every individual and forms a connection so our conversation warms up quickly. I have quite a broad interpretation of the word “quilt” and enjoying looking at any new material (or salvaged item!) as a prospective ingredient in my next work.
“Weedy Sea Dragon” (47″x52)” ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This current series was inspired by an exhibit of Weedy Seadragons and Leafy Seadragons I saw at the Scripps Aquarium in San Diego, California. Seadragons look like Seahorses with the addition of exotic appendages that mimic seaweed foliage and camouflage them in their environments. Having a whimsical and other worldly appearance, I was immediately enamored by them. I later found out that childrens’ author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss, liked them too and used them as a model for a character in one of his stories. Knowing this assures me that I am in good company on my quest to maintain a childlike sense of wonder in the world and in my art.
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Inspired by a life-long love of fabric and sewing, Karen began joyfully creating quilts in 1997. Although she makes a wide variety of quilts, Karen’s true passion is ignited when creating original art quilts. Karen utilizes a vast array of construction and surface design techniques, often embellishing her quilts with beads, yarns, buttons, ribbons, trims and other small objects that add texture and visual interest.
Teaching workshops featuring her techniques, Karen encourages her students to embellish with abandon and add their own personal touch to each project. When teaching and speaking at quilt shops, quilt guilds and quilt shows, Karen’s lectures and trunk shows inspire quilters to express their creativity and embrace an artful life. Karen’s original art quilts have been exhibited nationally and featured in solo exhibitions.
A Chicago native, Karen now resides in Virginia Beach, VA . For more information, and to see more of Karen’s work, please visit the website http://www.karenleecarter.com
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This happy tabby reminds us not to take life for granted. In the modern rush of computers, TV, tablets, smart phones that can reach you anywhere and anytime, take a moment to stop and smell the flowers, feel the sun on your skin, feel a breeze ruffle your hair. The emails will still be there when you come back.
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Ann Flaherty has utilized her image-ination to create image based fiber art and curate exhibits that have been shown across the country and throughout the world. A born activist, often her work is a reaction to situations both personal and public, with a special emphasis on the many cultural influences of our world. Learn about Ann’s Cultural Cloth workshop at http://www.culturalcloth.wordpress.com
Photo transfer of owl image (taken by Colleen Murray), thread painted.
Photo transfer (owl image by Colleen Murray), fabric manipulation, thread painting
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Judith Glover is an artist who enjoys creating paintings of scenic places along the rivers and coastal areas of North Carolina, and of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She has also created art quilts from several of her paintings.
Her paintings have been accepted into numerous national and regional juried exhibitions in the Southern and Northeastern states. These exhibitions include the prestigious American Watercolor Society Show, New York, NY, for three out of four consecutive years with inclusion in one of their annual traveling shows; Southern Watercolor Society Show, Oklahoma City, OK; Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show, Lehigh University, PA; Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Macon, GA (Martin Westmoreland Memorial Award); Watercolor Society of North Carolina Exhibitions (three awards); Fine Art Exhibit at the NC State Fair (Best in Show).
Judith’s newest art quilts can usually be seen in the annual spring Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South member exhibitions in Cary, NC. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings are in public collections that include: Bank of America; CCB Community Bank; Cities of Rocky Mount and Southport, NC; Delano R. Hill and Associates; Duke University; Geneva Corporation; Goldsboro Iron and Metal Co.; High Point Bank & Trust; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; and Wells Fargo.
She began her undergraduate education with two years of architecture at Virginia Tech, and then completed her first undergraduate degree at East Carolina University (ECU) with a BFA in sculpture and architecture. Judith also has a second undergraduate degree from ECU, a BS in interior design.
She grew up on a farm in the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, near Waynesboro, VA, then after completing her first degree she continued to live within forty miles of ECU in eastern North Carolina. She has remained there for all of her art career, either working in an art related field like teaching or creating art for sale. She currently lives in Rocky Mount, NC.
Harmonica Man (17″ x 13″) ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: I learned to quilt in Kansas City, MO in 1978 at a quilt store that no longer exists. In the early 1990’s I began taking classes from Lorraine Torrance. Her Design Essentials classes helped me to begin to discover my own voice as quilter which seems to be geometric designs and flowers. I do machine and hand quilting depending on the effect that is needed. I use any material available and I have become intrigued with the possibilities for 3-dimensional work in cloth. My quilts tend to be based on things of nature – rock quarries, black holes, lasers, flowers or mountains. My work is in private collections throughout the United States, Italy, and Ecuador, and has been exhibited in many venues including the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Convention Center, the Page-Walker Arts and History Museum in Cary, NC. I severed for two years as the President of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) in Seattle. I also compiled a book for CQA Contemporary QuiltArt Association: 20th Anniversary. I helped found the Fiber Arts Certificate Program at the University of Washington where I served as an advisor for three years. I am presently a member of Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South. I am now living in Chapel Hill, NC with my husband, where I am meeting a whole new set of art quilters who are sure to help me grow as an artist. I hold a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and work as research scientist at the for Vascular Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Contact Information Katy Gollahon firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 206-818-2021
To create my art quilts, my original photography is custom printed onto fabric. From there it is pieced with additional fabrics, stitch by machine and hand, and embellished with various items. The photo is what I see; the finished fiber art is how I saw it.
I take one part nature, one part photography, add compositional influences from my background in graphic design, and make room for my love of spontaneous creation and texture, then stand back as my fiber art emerges through my hand and needle.
My work comes from a place of openness to both the materials and the process. All is fair game. The specific materials and processes vary from piece to piece, but fabric, and other fiber materials, respond well to the manipulation, layering, and textures that I prefer in my work. The direct manipulation of the materials by my hands is very meaningful to me, and why I use “handcraft” materials and processes. While the pieces may be technically two dimensional, I consider the process sculpture-like.
Concrete and Grassland*, SAQA, Grants Pass Museum, OR
Art Quilt Element*, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
My Corner of the World*, SAQA, Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario
Walk in the Park, solo show, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville VA
In Full Bloom, IQF Chicago, 2016
* accepted into upcoming show
New Members’ Show, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville VA
Garden Week Show, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville VA
Fundraiser Show, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville VA
Wild Fabrications, SAQA-IQF Houston
Digital Alchemy, IQF Houston
In Full Bloom, IQF Houston
Just Saying, IQF Houston
Fiber LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg VA
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist whose goal is to create beauty and remind us of the strength we all possess. In a world where too often, the images we feed ourselves are full of violence and fear, Lyric’s art uplifts the viewer, makes a statement about our place in the world. Quilts hold a particular fascination for her. During a time when women were not allowed to express their creativity, quilts became an acceptable means of expression. Resourceful women were able to create beautiful works of art imbedded in an object of utility. Her quilts are freed from utility and allowed to hang on the wall as art.
As an author, and educator Lyric has a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students posses. With playful support and gentle encouragement she takes her students through their first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. She transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom.
Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has two DVD Workshops, Surface Design Sampler Platter, and Bead It Like You Mean It. She has studied with many well known textile artists around the country and continues to expand her skills in the area of surface design. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied music and architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.
“Lost Earring Shrine #2 ” (12″x17″) ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This fabric photomosaic is a quirky nod to the shoe hopes and dreams of feet too large (or small), narrow (or wide), impossible to fit or just plain unwilling to give up comfort
Well-Worn: Is it a landscape or a seascape? There’s land on the horizon, but are those rolling waves or fertile fields? I smile when I work with polyester because it reminds me of my early sewing days. Which begs the question: What were we thinking, making clothes out of double knits?
The Art Quilter’s CoachRoxane Lessa Fine Textile Art
Roxane Lessa began her professional life as a ballet dancer, and has danced and taught all over the country. After her dance career ended, she decided to pursue her other passions: fabric and design. Her first design teacher was her mother, who brought her to many art museums and the decorators’ building in Boston, to choose fabric samples for her clients. Later on, Roxane pursued a degree in Costume Design and Textiles, and has made one-of-a-kind art wear for clients. After relocating to Raleigh, N.C. with her family in 1997, Roxane took her first quilting class and was instantly hooked. Since then, she has completed many quilts for clients, including three commissioned quilts. She has shown her work at the prestigious International Quilt Festival in Houston, the World Quilt and Textile Exhibition, and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, where she won the best amateur entry for art wear in the jacket/vest category. In 2003, she won a first place ribbon for “Vessel of Fire” and a third place ribbon for “Triangle Happy” at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 2004, “Vessel of Fire” also won a first place ribbon at the 23rd Annual Fabric of Legacies National Quilt Exhibition in Colorado.
Roxane went to Italy twice, in 2005 and 2010, which inspired a new series of landscapes and cityscapes. One of those works, Vineyard Bell Tower, was chosen to be in the Tactile Architecture show, which has travelled to Lyons, France and other venues around the world. Roxane received a Untied Artist Project Grant which she used to learn how to dye her own one-of-a-kind fabric. She has had a solo show at the United Arts Gallery in Raleigh, the Herbert Young Community Center in Cary, NC, and the Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, NC. Her work has also been displayed at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Pieces from her Botanical series have travelled all over the country as part of the IQA shows titled, In Full Bloom. During 2012, Roxane’s abstract piece, “Bubbles”, won the prestigious Niche Magazine Award.
In 2014, Roxane won 2 First Place ribbons for Venezia da Cece and Crepe Myrtles 1: Summer at the Vintage View Quilt Show in Raleigh, NC. Her work has been showcased in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine, Fiber Arts Now, and the News and Observer Newspaper in Raleigh, NC. Roxane is a member of the Professional Art Quilter’s Alliance South, the Studio Art Quilters Association, and the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild. Recently, she appeared on Quilting Arts TV Series 1500, and was published in Quilting Arts magazine, Dec 2014/ Jan 2015.
Currently, she is teaching fiber arts here in North Carolina at quilt guilds, and privately at her home studio. She is known as The Art Quilter’s Coach, having created her own private art quilting program for serious art quilters. Her weekly blog posts can be found at http://www.blog.roxanelessa.com. Roxane’s work can be purchased online from her website at http://www.RoxaneLessa.com.
“Fire and Water” Hand dyed fabric, fused, stitched, mounted on canvas 24″ x 12″ $800.00
“Blue Desert” This art quilt tapestry was inspired by a photo by Pete Saloutos and used with his permission. This New Mexican desert looks like snow , but is actually white gypsum sand . Very little grows here. The sands are constantly on the move.Materials & techniques: Cotton hand dyes and batiks, silk chiffon, textile paint, fused, machine quilted, bobbin quilted, various threads.16″ x 46″ $2500.00 (2011)
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My girls love swimming, and family days at the beach are some of our most memorable. It was exciting to mesh family, fun, and fantasy to create this quilt. Since visiting Malaysia and Thailand, I have enjoyed exploring more batik methods. Creating a ‘whimsical’ palette and choosing embellishments for ‘hidden treasures’ made me smile!