I have always loved fabric and re-creating fabrics. I spent hours making doll clothes, hats and quilts from scraps at my grandmother's house. Later I made quilts for family and friends. I am still surprised when I see a quilt that I made years ago (and forgotten) at a friend's house.
I think everyone's response to fabric is to touch. I have my nose against the glass in museums where dresses, lace, ribbons and shoes are displayed wanting to touch it all. I guess we think we can see with our fingers.
When quilting became vogue again, I started taking classes looking for something more free form. After a class with Joan Colvin, a fabric artist from the Northwest, I knew where I wanted to go. I love this great experiment "playing with fabrics" - cut, pin, overlay, turn it upside down, paint on it. I love the product but I love the process as much.
My art quilts all have themes or titles that are with me constantly as I work. Sometimes the name comes first and the hanging follows. Other times the art gets started and the name forms as I work. Either way, the name and the creation become indelibly linked and it is like a poem or novel by the time it is finished.
The 8th Day: Unraveling
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