In the early 80's, I was cutting up some of my acrylic paintings and sewing them together with other fabric to make wall pieces. I had never owned a traditional quilt, but I loved to sew and with a BFA in Painting from RISD (1964) I simply put these two processes I loved together. In the early 80's, my work fit neither in Art Galleries or Quilt Shows, but that did not stop me: I LOVED what I was doing! Soon it became a very exciting/volatile time as the 'Art Quilt' movement evolved: the resistance and hearing "that's not a painting...that's a quilt," or "that's not a quilt...it's a painting" eventually dissipated. In hindsight, it was simply part of the evolution of quilted work for the wall, even as the "Modern Quilt" evolves today.
The 2020 Benefit Auction is now in progress - Section 1 pieces are now available for $150. TOTAL RAISED: $45,050!