Artist Information for Kathryn Pellman
Kathryn is a studio fashionista, quilter, cook, baker, gardener and storyteller. Her newest series of quilts are whimsical single frame stories featuring mostly female figures she calls fashionistas, with long limbs and knobby knees that invoke fashion illustration. They are a celebration and exploration of women and femininity.
Fabric and thread are her paint; the sewing machine her paintbrush. Her quilts have a strong connection to traditional quilting making in their construction with the sandwiching of three layers that are stitched together and broderie perse, a traditional style of applique when images from commercially printed fabric are cut and appliqued on to a background fabric.
Kathryn has a Certificate in Fashion Design and has been sewing ever since she could thread a needle. Her quilts have been exhibited throughout the United States and published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, American Quilter and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin. She is the coauthor of Backart -- On the Flip Side.Images scroll down to view all
Runway Fashionistas27" x 34"
Runway Fashionistas celebrates the art and fun of fashion with Sonia Delaunay inspired dresses along with a few fashionable dogs. The upper half of the quilt reflects what`s happening behind the runway.
Graffiti Hearts35" x 23"
Sonia Delaunay inspired dresses; Keith Haring inspired hearts.
Downtown43" x 31"
Downtown is my fantasy small town.
Fashionista Foodies12" x 12"
Angry Nasty Woman Fights Back62" x 40"
Artist Statement: What started as a rant about the election made me want to express how much I care about our country, our values and freedom. I deliberately left out the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance as it was added in 1954 and I believe, although not backed up by any facts that I am aware of, that it was the start of the current religious interference in our government. The writing on the legs is a stream of consciousness and the words coming out of the head are brain chatter (everything she is worried about).
Writing on dress: The United States of America est 1776 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all The United States of America est 1776 Our Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances The United States of America established 1776 I pledge allegiance...
Writing on legs: nasty angry women fight back nasty angry women protest nasty angry women love their country...
Writing on hair: stop racism; save roe v. wade; protect immigrants LBGTQ rights; economic equality