The Beautiful City of Frederick

When my boys were little I used to take them shopping in downtown Frederick.  It has all these wonderful little shops (although we mostly visited the toy and candy stores).  I used to pull the boys around in a red wagon, which was not only too cute, but stocked with toys and treats it kept them seated and well-behaved while we bumped along the sidewalks.   I also loved the style of the houses – so reminiscent of the old New England cities I visited as a girl.  I guess these early visits placed an affinity for the city in me, as we still visit it regularly.

On one such visit last month, Terry and I took some photos of some of our favorite places in Frederick.  There is this wonderful little chocolate shop: Zoe’s Chocolate Co.  I have been truly fortunate to have received some of these delectable treasures from a kind and loving husband.  They are hand-crafted and beyond compare.  The only thing I like almost as much as the chocolates is the shop itself.  It is a totally cute – sort of half a house squished between two regular sized businesses.  And its bright pink.  As a tribute to Zoe’s wonderful creations, I made this quilted rendition of their storefront.

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “The Beautiful City of Frederick
  1. KMJoyce says:

    I wish I had an ounce of your talent!
    Are you going to give it to the good people at Zoe’s? BTW – did anyone try out those logic problems I mailed a couple of weeks ago?

  2. Judy Joyce says:

    Mary
    How many times can I say how proud of you that I am? Your work gets better each time.
    Love Mom

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