Stripes, 2015, 44″ by 32″, Cotton, machine pieced and hand guided machine quilted.
This quilt was inspired by the Grant’s Zebras at the Indianapolis Zoo. My pictorial art quilts draw on composition, line and shape in adapting the traditions and techniques of American quiltmaking. I work primarily from images to design my quilts, balancing the interplay of patterned fabrics with the visual impact that traditional piecing lends to the composition. Translating images into pieced designs yields a highly structured yet somewhat abstract quality to the quilted composition, an approach that is distinct from most other contemporary art quilt styles. Pictorial art quilts are designed to be hung and viewed like paintings.
I find Zebras are interesting subjects for this art quilt style. The bold stripes of these savannah ungulates playfully resonate with the vibrant African fabric used in the background.
This quilt has been donated to the Indianapolis Zoo for its auction to support Conservation efforts.