My husband and I have always had a strong connection with nature. After 5 years of searching for a new place to call home we landed on a small farm in rural Wisconsin. Waking up here every day is like a dream come true. I see inspiration everywhere I look. Most of my original designs are abstracted from nature.
I love bold, bright colors. I dye many of the fabrics I use. Dyeing fabric allows me to work with color pallets not available at the local quilt shop. I still work in stained glass, but fiber arts have really taken center stage. These two loves were combined when I started making my miniature quilt block jewelry. Each piece of jewelry includes a machine pieced quilt block made from my hand dyed fabrics. I sell my jewelry and hand dyed fabrics on the internet and at local quilt shows. I also belong to two internet art quilt challenge groups. I like the idea of working from a theme or keyword and then letting your imagination interpret the design. I usually start with a concrete idea in mind and end up with something completely different by the time I finish. I just follow my intuition to see where it leads.
I maintain a second blog that is related to fabric dyeing with tips and tutorials and show and tell: www.dyecandy.blogspot.com
Warm regards from Southwestern Wisconsin. I am home and this is my creative place.
Carmen, thank you for sharing yours with me.