Diane Melms

4201 Leyden Road
Anchorage, AK
99516 US
907-345-6184

rdzmelms@gmail.com

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Artist Information for Diane Melms

I have been passionate about making art since I was a child. Studying art, teaching art, and learning ways to express my ideas in visual form has been a life long pursuit. Although my study of art in college provided a good foundation in design work, it was my mother who taught me how to sew and opened my eyes to the joy of working with fabric.  The work I do now is a perfect blend of these two passions and I am enchanted with the process of making art with fabric.

I would define my work as textile constructions or art quilts. Working from a palette of my own hand-dyed colors, I design and construct abstract compositions using an improvisational method of cutting and sewing fabric pieces together. Then, I add another layer of pattern with topstitching as I join the layers of fabric.

The themes in my work are also influenced by my love for bold colors and patterns and I enjoy manipulating these elements to express my ideas. My intent with this work is to create harmonious compositions that communicate feelings or ideas, create a sense of place, a state of mind or suggest a kind of movement.

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Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa26" x 25"   Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, surface design mono-printed with textile paint, composition machine pieced, layered with batting and machine quilted by artist.

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits30" x 30"  

Common Ground

Common Ground38" x 25"   Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, surface design mono-printed with textile paint, composition machine pieced, layered with batting and machine quilted by artist.

Sunny Disposition

Sunny Disposition28" x 28"   Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, surface design mono-printed with textile paint, composition machine pieced, layered with batting and machine quilted by artist.

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay31" x 29"   Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, surface design mono-printed with textile paint, composition machine pieced, layered with batting and machine quilted by artist.