Ever since I can remember, my hands have always been busy. After I discovered fabric via my seamstress/quilter grandmother and my eighth grade home economics class, fabric, thread, needles, and the machine have kept these busy hands satisfied.
Then about 15 years ago, after trying my hand at many different ways of expressing my creative and artistic calling, I realized that art quilts were the most natural, challenging and fulfilling. Without words (I've never enjoyed writing), I can tell a story with colors, textures, and shapes.
My pieces sometimes start with sketches from strong personal experiences and events, and sometimes they emerge from my scrap stash boxes while I close my eyes and randomly place scraps on my canvas. When I open my eyes, a composition begins to take form that springs me on an intuitive journey that can last many months and sometimes years. Many art quilts later, I find myself still experimenting and enjoying the experience of communicating in this medium.
And my hands continue to be happily busy!
Copyright © Gwen Mayer 2009-2011