Ah, Fall!

I have always loved this time of year; nights get cooler, leaves start changing their color, kids settling down to the routine of school.  All these are wonderful reasons to love the season, but my favorite is the celebration of the macabre. I am the mother, after all, that took her kids to both the Mutter Museum and the Lizzie Borden house last summer.  I read Stephen King stories aloud by the fire pit at night.  I am twisted.  I admit it.  But I grew up at my father’s knee, a man whose favorite axiom is “nothing is funnier than a scared little kid” (and I gotta say I agree with this 😉 ).

In honor of this spooky time of year, I quilted a picture of one of my favorite macabre authors, Edgar Allan Poe. I still remember our middle school librarian doing a dramatic reading of “The Tell Tale Heart” in honor of Halloween.  “Annabell Lee”, “The Raven”, “The Masque of the Red Death” – what would this time of year be like with out them?  Thanks, Edgar.

 

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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.

Posted in Art Quilts, Halloween
2 comments on “Ah, Fall!
  1. Lisa F. says:

    Gotta love Poe! He’s my favorite author. Also, I love Halloween.

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