Take a look at three artists in the quilt world that are bringing color to live with their stitches. Look at their breathtaking quilts and learn what they are offering at AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah.
Meet Maria Shell and her amazing world of shape and color.
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quiltmaking. Her driving force is always color and how to make it vibrate on a wall using vintage and contemporary commercial solid fabrics, as well as her own hand-dyed fabrics, as her primary materials.
Maria strives to manipulate the classical components of a traditional bed quilt with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.
Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt celebrating their new homes.
Take a look at her classes:
Artful Oven Mitts
This class has it all. Students learn how to piece, quilt, and bind a one-of-a-kind oven mitt. These make fabulous gifts.
Lines + Triangles = Squares
This workshop empowers students to take the basic shapes of patchwork to a new level. Start by learning how to create improvisational cut-and-pieced stripes. These stripes made into traditional patchwork shapes will be the basis for creating dynamic patchwork.
Circle and Curve Sampler
Join Maria for a complete discussion of all the ways you can make improvisationally pieced circles and curves. While learning these new techniques, students will be given information about picking a color palette, using improvisational piecing techniques, and applying these techniques for creating original quilts.
Students will use the traditional Log Cabin quilt block as the starting point for creative and original compositions. Improvisational piecing, contemporary quilt design, and color are all discussed in this class.
Modern Broderie Perse
Using the prints found in fabrics, students begin their own journeys into the wonderful world of the classical quilting technique, Broderie Perse. Using basic fusible appliqué techniques, students build their own original floral bouquets or gardens.
Patchwork to Artwork – Journey of an Alaskan Quiltmaker
Quilt artist, Maria Shell will share her work, from her first stitches to her most recent pieces, along with some fun stories about trying to quilt while raising three boys in the wild lands of Alaska. Maria’s work is grounded in the tradition of American patchwork, while also connecting to both the Modern and Art Quilt movements. It is a journey filled with laughter, dark Alaskan nights, and lots of stitching. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Meet Mark Sherman and his dance with color and light.
Mark L. Sherman became a quilter in 2001 when he needed a Christmas tablecloth. After browsing in a big department store, Mark decided he could make his own tablecloth for less money. He went to Wal-Mart and bought a sewing machine and some fabric. The Christmas tablecloth was a great success!
While looking for more fabric, Mark went to his neighborhood quilt shop, realized the creative potential in quilting, and quickly became an accomplished quilter.
His original designs are often inspired by amazing artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany who inspired his quilt, Wisteria, which is now a part of the permanent Founder’s Collection at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
Mark learned to dye his own fabric as he focused on selecting just the right colors for his art quilts. He has developed many innovative techniques that he teaches to the quilting community.
Mark draws his inspiration from nature, color, and antique stained glass. He enjoys encouraging and inspiring other quilters.
An international award-winning quilt artist as well as an accomplished pianist and organist with a great love for arts, history, and nature, Mark’s work has been featured in numerous books, publications, and special exhibits. See his quilts at www.remarkablequilts.com.
Take a look at his Special Event at AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah:
The Man Quilter
Join Mark for a hilarious overview of a man quilting his way through this “women’s world.” Mark also uses this lecture as an excellent opportunity to encourage his audiences to pursue their own dreams. His belief is “If I can do it, you can, too, and here’s how.” Mark Sherman is an international award-winning quilter, author, teacher, and lecturer. His quilts express his love for color, design, and creativity. He fell in love with quilting after seeing a donation quilt from a local quilt guild at a Christmas show. Instantly Mark knew that even though he knew absolutely nothing about sewing or quilting, it was something that he wanted to do. The journey was not always easy or successful but following his favorite quote from Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up,” Mark continued to pursue his dream of becoming a quilter.
Meet Noriko Endo and see the world through her captivating lense.
“A deep feeling for trees is what inspires me. The play of light through the leaves, the changing colors through the seasons and the strength of mature trunks all intrigue me. Shapes and images in my naturescapes are created using my confetti technique, which involves layering colorful bits of fabric on batting, adding a covering of tulle and then machine quilting the entire piece.” Noriko Endo
Since 1985, Noriko Endo has devoted herself to carrying out her lifetime wish of creating quilts as the ideal medium for her exuberant use of color and her deep feeling for trees.
Teaching, selling, and exhibiting her work, she enjoys the freedom to work full time in her studio in Tokyo or at her home in Chiba, Japan. Her work has been showcased in several published compilations of contemporary art quilts.
Noriko has taught many techniques worldwide. Her work has been recognized for its oil-painted, impressionistic landscape quality and has appeared in many national and international art quilt shows including Quilt National, Quilt Visions, and Quilt Nihon.
In 2007, Noriko was awarded Best of Show at Quilt National, and she has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting international art quilt teachers working today.
Her technique, Confetti Naturescapes, allows her to capture the play of light and color she sees during walks in the woods by using tiny pieces of fabric caught under a layer of transparent tulle to create an effect akin to Pointillism. See her work at www.norikoendo.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Confetti Naturescapes – Impressionist of Japan
Students will be given exercises that will help them to create impressionistic naturescapes. Enjoy the process of turning your scraps into impressionistic oil paintings. Students will go home with a small naturescapes wallhanging.
Light and Shadow – 3D Effect Quilting
In this class, you will study 3D effects with quilting and paintings. You will go home with a small wallhanging of white trees in the dark.
Flower Collaged Pouch
Play with free-motion stitches. Fabric pieces of flower prints are layered on batting and embellished with embroidery and quilting stitches. Students will make a small pouch full of flowers.
Painted Art Quilt with Needles
Learn how to paint on fabric. You will complete an original art quilt using a painted surface full of free-motion machine quilting. This is much easier than you think and the possibilities are endless.
Zentangle Machine Quilting – Creating Spaces
Enjoy an introduction to Zentangle machine quilting. Discover this unique quilting method through nature patterns. This beautiful doodling, will enhance your quilting earnings with no special skills required.