Featured Artist - September 2015  Joanne Alberda

Joanne Alberda - Sioux Center, Iowa
website | artist page   

Born and educated in the mountains of Montana, I moved to Iowa in my early 20’s. I have learned to love the mid-western landscape.  The rich history of the prairies, the vastness of space, the dark loamy soil, and the changing seasons provide an unending source of inspiration for my vision as a fiber artist.   

My introduction to the quilt world was through the doors of a traditional quilt guild.  Although I have moved into the world of art quilts, my experience there opened my eyes to the lasting power and beauty of rhythm and repetition, or as I like to think of it…visual music.  It remains an essential element in my work.

I taught art for 30 year in a small college art department, a career that was characterized by engaging in multiple mediums, as well as a good deal of art history.  I loved it all, and still find it difficult to stick to a single medium.  Looking back, however, my focus remains quite steady.  I gradually developed a body of work
that expresses a personal vision and style, but still explores multiple subjects and techniques.

Most of my work centers around three themes, Blue Marbles: the planets and the deep spaces of the universe, Tales from a Ghost Town: stories from weathered wood, and Improvisations on Nature: abstractions based on my photography of nature.  All of these can be seen on my website.   I would like to share with you here what I love to do when a I’ve finished a large work and have a stack of lovely fabrics left over.  I call them “games.”
Games is a light-hearted collection of works that in general grew out of a certain kind of necessity…
what to do with the left over fabrics. Recombining fabrics and then cutting it into basic squares or circles suggested game boards and game pieces, or games with moving elements. Sometimes I can’t wait to finish a work so that I can begin a new game!