Artist Information for Dena Dale Crain
Over the years of my career, I designed and made art quilts in several different styles. As a professional online educator, I worked to develop ways to design patchwork quilts that I could teach to others, so their work could be more original and less dependent on my thought processes. Such efforts produced successful online courses called Structured Fabrics, Darned Quilts, Crystal Quilts, Designer Pinwheels, Reflections and Goodbye to the Grid, taught previously at Quilt University and now from QuiltEd Online. All were based on studies of symmetry and/or spontaneous, improvisational cutting and piecing methods. In addition, I made Spirit Works, surrealistic expressions of inner landscapes, all made by quilting first without prior design and while in a semi-meditative state, and hand-painted after quilting. Examples of all this work are to be seen on my blog at http://denacrain.com.
Redefinitions V: Urban Africa34" x 38"
Redefinitions VIII: Desert Sands30" x 34"
Hand-dyed and commercial solid color, 100% silk fabrics, machine pieced and quilted; now part of the Del Thomas Collection
Redefinitions XI: Kenyanese Checkers28" x 28"
Chinese development in Kenya supplants American foreign aid efforts
Redefinitions VI: City Sidewalks30" x 43"
Hand-dyed, hand-stamped 100% silk fabrics
Redefinitions X: Liquid Gold28" x 31"