It's a great honor to be asked to teach at Quilt Surface Design Symposium. It's where I learned about Art Quilts. Quite innocently, in fact. I took a class in fabric manipulation as I was making Western Pleasure Show clothes and thought I could get some different ideas for embellishment. I bought a Quilt National catalog which I enjoyed, but then I had the bright idea to actually GO to QN and see the quilts in person. WOW!! I wanted to be part of art quilting. I knew I was going to be an artist since the fourth grade. I was making a living as a graphic designer and messing with my own art after work. Not actually making anything great, just messing around. Seeing the quilts at QN stirred something in me and every summer was QSDS time. I took a lot of classes and learned a lot of technique. I took a Fran Skiles class and that made my direction clear. That year was followed by Ned Wert's collage class, he made me believe in what I was doing. Dorothy Caldwell was another eye opener and Judy Hooworth was inspiring.
Now it's my turn, June 8 & 9 this year come learn a bunch of transfer ideas and play with collaging everything together. Fun guaranteed!