Art Quilts Revealed: Part One

On a fine Sunday afternoon, my art quilt group, Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, teamed up with Art More Place, to present Art Quilts Revealed.  Our primary goal was to introduce people to a “behind the seams” look at some of the techniques art quilters use.  Our secondary goal was to introduce quilters to Art More Place, which is a creative art class space.  I’d have to say we met both targets in spades!

Having never done a group demo event like this before, we weren’t quite sure to expect.  But, when the doors opened at 1 PM, people poured in.  We had displays set up, so they immediately had interesting things to look at.

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Four of us conducted short demos on various topics, so we had boards set up with a little explanation.  My topic was “Photo to Quilt,” and this was the bulk of my display.

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
I talked about a variety of ways to interpret a photo in fabric.  Very accurate with a pattern, like the apple and pears, simplified edits of the photos (which is mostly what you see here,) and quilts that are only inspired by the idea or basics of a photo.  Ti Party, near the center shows this, both with a torn paper collage and with a raw edge fabric collage.

The audience was very attentive during my presentation.  There were about 30 people attending.  They were very interested and many asked questions afterward.

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Jill Brown did a presentation on weaving and beading.  She uses both quite a lot in her work, to great effect.

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. AdventureQuilter.com/blog
Susan Rienzo loves bright colors (as you can see,) and she also likes to use “cutouts” in her work.  These are various motifs and images that she’s cut from other fabrics and incorporated into her work.  They give her work a lot of whimsy and interest.  (Sorry for the out of focus photo.)

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gabriele Di Tota is hooked on surface design techniques of all sorts.  Her demo gave a brief overview of many of them.  You can tell from her display that she has a lot of fun, right?

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is one of Gabriele’s pieces.  She started with white fabric and created the colorful fabrics she used here.

Art Quilts Revealed, an art quilt event presented by Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is just the start of our fun.  I’ll have more photos and info for you in the next post.

Ellen Lindner

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5 Comments

  1. Maeve says:

    Wish I could have been there – I’m sure it was fascinating! Love your work! BTW, I did try the technique you blogged about where you use a photo with lights and darks, cut it into blocks, then reposition them to form a new design. I will have to share it with you via email. It was fun and I do want to try it with a different photo just to challenge myself again. Thanks for sharing that particular technique/idea with us!

  2. Genevieve Grundy says:

    Looks like a very talented group, Ellen. I belong to a group called Fiber Junkies. We meet once a month for a whole day of work and fun. Mary Stori and Judy Simmons blog about us every month if you’re curious.
    Gen

  3. ellen says:

    Oh Maeve, I can’t wait to see your abstracted design. It IS a fun technique!

    (Readers, if you missed it, it’s the Sept. 19th post: http://adventurequilter.com/blog/2015/09/creative-play-photo-to-abstract/)

  4. ellen says:

    Gen, that sounds fantastic! I’d love to read the blog, if you’ll send me the URL.

  5. Nancy says:

    What a treat to see multiple pieces from each of the different artists! I especially enjoyed seeing your 10 pieces that were inspired by photos because I want to create work like that in the future.

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