About Gwen
Gwen  Mayer was born and raised in small-town communities in Western Pennsylvania.  Her paternal grandmother, a seamstress and traditional quilter, encouraged her interest in sewing from an early age.  Because her father was an artist and draftsman as well as a carpenter and tool maker, Gwen was surrounded by handmade works of all kinds. In the process, she became adept at clothing construction, which led her to home decorating sewing projects, upholstering, furniture refinishing, crafts, and refurbishing old houses.

Along the way, Gwen became infatuated with the excitement of travel and languages.  She majored in French and taught at the junior/senior levels for five years before getting a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the School for International Training in Vermont. She has lived and traveled throughout Europe, Mexico (where she also taught English and French), Brazil, and Southeast Asia.  Gwen recently retired from teaching English/Pre-GED fulltime to immigrants in the Adult Division, Los Angeles Unified School District, in Van Nuys, CA.  She is also an exercise enthusiast, gardener and cook.

Self-taught, Gwen began creating fiber art about 15 years ago for some friends in France who had helped her in a time of need, to express her gratitude.  Her varied interests in people, the world, and life all contribute to her creativity and artistic development.  She lives in Woodland Hills, California with her artist husband, Richard, and her dog, Jake.


Website by Loris Bogue Designs
Copyright © Gwen Mayer 2009-2011
EXHIBITS

2012"Connectivity:  Threads of Community," Torpedo Art Factory, Alexandria, Virginia
2011"Art from Cloth," Extreme Quilters, Newbury Park, California
2011"The Space Between," Long Beach International Quilt Show; Houston International Quilt Show
2010"Extreme Quilters," Newbury Park, California
2009"Edges," Long Beach International Quilt Show; Houston International Quilt Show
2007 Road to California
2007“The Chair I Sit in When I Read About Art” Challenge, Quilter’s Studio, Newbury Park, California  (Won Viewer’s Choice)
2006“Fiber Pathways I “ VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California
2006“Flying North,” Flying Geese Guild & Northern Cities Guild, Orange County Fairground
2006“Carlotta’s Passion” Los Angeles, CA
2005“Unraveled II,” Malaga Cove Plaza Library Art Gallery, Palos Verdes Estates, California
2004 A Solo Exhibition, Honolulu, Hawaii
2003“By the Sea,” Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, South Carolina

MEMBERSHIPS

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Professional Member     
Los Angeles Fiber Artists
Extreme Quilters, Conejo Valley, California
Quilts on the Wall, Seal Beach, California

ART EDUCATION

Self-taught

Workshops with:
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Leslie Gabrielse
Justine Limpus Parrish
Eileen Alber