| ||Patt Bagdon |
I am currently showing new work at the Colusa County Arts Council Gallery in downtown Colusa. It is a joint show with Louise Shiele through April.
I love playing with fabric and surface design. My inner romantic
has created a series of Italian landscape quilts--inviting escapist places . The
hip hop part of me enjoys playing with rhythm and strength in the patterning
(thank you my sisters of Gee’s Bend) of scrap quilts. The process of putting it
all together –design, stitch, technique --is humbling. Each time I create a piece I realize how much
more I have to learn about the process. My
motto, in common with the Starship Enterprise, Be Bold and eventually I will
explore where no one else has gone before.
| ||Anne Burns Johnson |
In my textile work, I try to
capture, convey and create the idea of transformation and change. I like how
scraps become whole, how shadows convey shapes, how images dissolve and
Personally, I ricochet from
experimentation to tradition and back at warp speed.
In my conventional, traditional
pieces, I like the idea of creating something new and complete and entirely
different out of scraps and leftovers. These
pieces arise from my familial quilting genes but also reflect the eternal,
relentless desire to create and sustain memory.
In my freeform work, I merge
images and colors and suggest structures and designs which allow the viewer to
share (or transform) my thoughts and ideas of the mutability of life. It is as if we are shedding one skin and
| ||Sandi Goldstein |
I made my first quilt over 25 years ago. Textiles have
always had a hold over me – the texture, colors, and tactile quality of fiber.
As a feminist from an early age, I’ve always appreciated women’s quilting
tradition – the collaborative process, comfort in sharing our lives through
cloth, support for each other in our personal as well as artistic growth and a
shared passion to express ourselves through textiles.
Textiles are expressions of people’s lives. In contemporary society, textiles and quilts
are a tactile expression of our world around us. My quilts often reflect my visual impressions
of time, place and atmosphere of places I’ve traveled. I have often
chosen countries to travel in based on their textiles; those traditions as well
as the colors, sound and “feel” of a place are always present in my mind as I
approach a new piece. Recently I have been exploring
texture, color and design through experimenting with dying my own fabric using
many types of traditional shibori techniques. I strive to create harmony and
visual interest by the synergy of these elements. New pieces evolve in a very
organic process, often starting with one piece of fabric and grow from there.
| ||Jo Magaraci |
I admit it, I am a
fabric floozy. I am attracted to textiles in all shapes and forms - sensuous
silks, soft fuzzy velvets, rough but warm woolens - all tempt me to fondle them
and bring me pleasure. From vintage scraps that are fragile and muted to ethnic
prints and weaves that are vivid and graphic – I have loved them all. When I am
surrounded by fabrics my creative juices start flowing. What can I make? Dolls,
garments, wallhangings, quilts - my methods, like my tastes, are eclectic. I
use them all to explore my interests in color, design, dyeing, texture and
surface embellishing. And, while I am in awe of exquisite handwork, I rely on
machines more these days to complete my creations. I prefer to try new things
over the boredom of consistency, and to always have fun in whatever I do.
| ||Susan Taylor |
I love fabric. I love seeing it,
touching it, and working with it. I love seeing the countless ways fabric
changes depending on how it is cut, arranged and sewn. I love the challenge of
creation, of learning and using new techniques, and I love seeing the beautiful
pieces that I can make using fabric.
My first fascination was with the
wonderful old, traditional quilt patterns, and I still enjoy working with those
patterns. Lately, however, I have been experimenting with freer, more
contemporary techniques, and I find I also enjoy this aspect of quilting. I expect to
continue working with both traditional and art quilts, evolving my own style. I
look forward to seeing where quilting takes me in the future. I may not know
the exact destination, but I know it will be a great journey.
On this website, unless otherwise stated, all works are cotton fabric, machine pieced and quilted by me.
| ||Lisel Schwarzenbach |
Textile-oriented since I was 6, when I
made velvet and lace pin-cushions for my Grandmother and Aunts, I’ve dyed
fabric, painted it, stamped and stenciled it, torn it, cut it, sewn it, worn it
and quilted it, out of love for the medium. Through art I am “piecing a life” together, holding my psyche intact,
and simply loving the process of making beautiful things to look at.