Artisans - Rose
a California girl. Just one that grew up and was educated
in warm, sunny Florida. It was in Florida that I studied
art and design before visiting the Golden State in the early
1980s. During those visits I knew I was hooked and that
I had to move there. California was filled with natural
wonders at every turn that offered unending opportunities
Upon moving to
California, my weekends were filled with new discoveries
and adventures. With camera in hand I captured many newfound
wonders. There were trips around town to favorite landmarks, hiking
in the local mountains, weekend excursions to coastal towns with incredible
beaches, and visits to wondrous state and national parks.
While I had always
loved textiles it wasn’t until the early 1990’s
that I found quilting. It was only a matter of months before
my darkroom came down as I made room for my sewing machine, and I focused
my artwork on quilting. Around 1996 I began to lecture and
teach nationally, and exhibit my quiltworks internationally. Today I continue
to work as a fiber artist from my Signal Hill, California studio.
for my quiltart is drawn from my love of the ever-changing hills that make up our coastal and inland
landscape, and from the ravens that mirror and mock this region’s
boisterous, passionate, and sometimes-crazy human residents. Watching
ravens, I see how they live and weave their lives among us. They are storytellers
who speak to us of relationships, moods and feelings. Keeping
an eye on us, laughing at us, they point to a layer of life that often
Poet Mary Oliver
refers to these rowdy creatures as “an advertisement
for the more than ordinary life.” By allowing myself
to experiment with materials, techniques, and color my works are attempts to
express our always wondrous, always changing landscape and I count myself
an artist fortunate to be alive to the light and beauty of our world.
In my work I
use the idea of layers to transform fabric into the soar
and plummet of peaks and valleys, the flow of rivers, and
the sway of majestic native trees. I begin by creating a layer of strong
structural shapes that are important for their initial impact on the
senses, and the suggestion they give of the landscape.
Like a raven,
stealing and hoarding the ‘shiny objects’, I
embellish the areas of the base quilt canvas to further explore and
tie in our visual connection to the earth. I begin this process using
handspun yarns to create strong lines to highlight each shape. Then the
process continues as I add whimsy, texture, and spark by using a
variety of glass beads and magical, shiny found objects. These embellishments
used in combination with hand painted, hand dyed fabrics, imported
silks and selected textural layers bring each original piece to life.
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