My interest in quilts and quiltmaking includes both the love of the antique beauties and the challenge of contemporary design.
My background in anthropology has lead me to study the social context and history of quilts and quilters. The role of women in the history of this country, the "heart and soul" of quiltmaking, is as exciting to me as the beauty of the quilts themselves. I do feel a strong connection to and continuity with quiltmaking traditions, though I don't make traditional-looking quilts. The drive for self-expression is one and the same.
I explore original design in my own quiltmaking as an expression of my own heart and soul. I am allowing myself to work more confidently with dream and meditative imagery, letting the quilts design themselves from these intuitive places. I am learning to trust these images and to keep the rational from editing as I sew. This is a metaphor for a process that is on-going in all aspects of my life.
I hope to make quilts that are pleasant to look at, and that express balance and peace. I am often drawn to include horizontal or circular forms in my imagery and to use color combinations that are delicate and subtle. Gradations give a sense of depth or of a light source. Often, borders are ambiguous, somehow part of the design, never completely containing the images. The fabrics and threads themselves are always an essential part of the design and effect. I want to leave no question in the viewer's mind as to why the idea is executed in fabric rather than with paints or inks.
|Something From Nothing
(series - 36 quilts so far)
|Memories of Spring|
|Deer Creek Fen||Born of the Earth / Our Spirits Soar|
|To Turn, To Turn||Putting It All In Perspective|
|A Room of Her Own||Serenity|
|Buttons and Cats||Renovation|
|Love Knows No Limits||Serenity Above, Serenity Below|
|Concerto||Summer Evening Breeze|
|Hands All Around||Beginning|
|Unity||The Moon Rises Full|
|For Sabrina||A Change in Perspective|
|Golden Oak||I Never Really Did Like That Pattern|
|They Could Have Danced All Night||The Quiet Place Where Time Stands Still|
|Decorated - Decorative - Decorating||Dancin|
|With One Voice||Open Your Mind, Open Your Heart|
|Transition Time||Quiet Reflection|
|Lighten Up!side Down||She Shares Her Splendor With The Sea|
|Portrait of the Artist as a ... Refrigerator|
How to Contact Me to Commission an Art Quilt
You can contact me, Ann Wasserman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As each commissioned quilt is unique, the design decisions will be based on our conversations covering dimensions, style, color, personal symbols, etc. I will work up a sketch and/or fabric mock-up as needed. Cost is figured on the basis of complexity of design and size.
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