Media: Fiber Art
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Kaleidoscope Designs - Making Magic with Fabric
Making Fiber Art using Kaleidoscopic designs brings all of the elements of my career as an art educator and my passion for quilting and sewing together. My goal is to use the elements and principles of design, combined with the symmetry of kaleidoscopic design and techniques and materials of traditional quilting to create complex and exciting visual images. My art comes alive through the use of a fabric palette to create new and exciting images. These images reflect my love for bright colors and my appreciation for all the beautiful fabrics that enhance my palette. My talent to sew and my attention for details make these fiber art pieces truly an expression of my art ability and my passion for the fine arts. As I work with various pieces of fabric, new combinations and contrasts appear and this leads me to other colors and combinations that I had not anticipated. As a result, my compositions are ever-evolving as I work with as many as 400 pieces of fabric to achieve the final piece of art. Each time I begin to create a kaleidoscopic design, there are elements of surprise, change, and chance as to where the fabric will lead me to accomplish the desired visual image.
I have a bachelor degree in Art Education, UW-Stout; master degree in Professional Development, UW-La Crosse. I taught a total of 40 years as an art educator in Colorado, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Now I enjoy retirement, living and working in the hills south of Eleva, WI with husband Bill, a musician.
Awards: Honorable Mention, Annual Spring Art Show, Chippewa Falls; Guest of Honor cash award, Ashley for the Arts, Arcadia; Best Floral Interpretation, Fabulous Floral and Fine Art, Eau Claire; First Place at the Confluence of Art Biennial, Eau Claire; Honorable Mention, ArtsWest 38, Eau Claire; and Honors Award, 28th Annual Midwest Seasons Show, Center for Visual Art, Wausau.
Paula Nadelstern, internationally recognized kaleidoscope quilt artist, commented:
Mary, I truly believe you are a master quilter. Your work is exquisite. Your control of technique color and motif is brilliant, effective, lovely. I'm blown away and inspired.
Denny Vance, Juror for Confluence of Art Biennial, noted in his evaluation:
Masterful use of material and design.
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