Artist Information for Sheila Frampton-Cooper

There’s a reason I call my alter ego “Zoombaby.” I love to drive fast and live intensely. My improvisational approach to art gives me that same kind of exhilaration. Whether I'm painting, drawing or piecing a studio quilt, moving head first into the unknown fuels my creativity. I relish all the surprising discoveries along the way as the journey starts to reveal itself to me. Never having had an interest in sewing or textile work before, I arrived in the quilting world by accident—though you might call it fate. In January 2009 I went to donate some fabric to Project Linus, and when I left, a little voice started nudging me to do something, so I spent the rest of the year making and donating 30 quilts. Exactly one year later, I embarked on my first art quilt, “Life in the City.”

My pieced quilts are bold and graphic, as I am inspired by color, line and shape. I love the bright, beautiful patterns of tropical fish and am constantly in awe of nature's palette. I also enjoy painting with thickened dyes, discharging, batiking and other aspects of surface design. However, my greatest passion is basic piecing with no plan, no sketch, and no agenda. It’s a huge challenge to navigate my complex visions from piecing alone, so to pull it off is incredibly rewarding. My journey into the magical world of quilting has truly been a gift. My life has been enriched in ways I never could have foreseen going into it. I guess that’s what happens when you let your intuition be your guide.

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Ruins of Roussillon

Ruins of Roussillon33"w 28"L   Photo by Sheila Frampton-Cooper

In 2014 I had an exhibition in France and was inspired by a beautiful village I visited in Provence, Roussillon. A long time ago ochre was mined there, hence the color of all of the structures in the village. It is surrounded by lush greenery. I chose this palette with the village in mind, but made no plan for the outcome. When completed, I had the feeling that I was looking down at ancient ruins of an old village which was built around a deeply rooted tree.

Princess Crustacean and the Band of Eels

Princess Crustacean and the Band of Eels36"w 32"L   Photo by Sheila Frampton-Cooper

Many of my creations are inspired by the ocean and it's inhabitants. In this piece, I see a crab princess surrounded by eels and other creatures. I imagine them creating beautiful music together. And of course the title was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies. This is pieced using my hand dyed cotton and free motion stitched.

Jungle Love

Jungle Love54"w 77"L   Photo by Sheila Frampton-Cooper

In the jungle of my imagination, wildlife and exotic plants emerge and converge in an eruption of color and harmony. This piece was created from a small ink drawing. I then created a pattern and put it together like a puzzle.


Maui46"w 44"L   Photo by Sheila Frampton-Cooper

Maui has been featured on the covers of many catalogs of venues I've exhibited. It is inspired by a trip to Maui in 1999. Of course, I didn't see this until after it was done, but many of the places I visited were represented; the Black Sand beach, the Bamboo forest and the Seven Sacred Pools. The islands were formed from volcanic activity, hence the lava flowing through the piece. The yellow drops were the first shapes I started with. For me, they symbolize when it rains and the sun is out. This is entirely pieced using my hand dyed cotton and free motion stitched.