Judy Kirpich

Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Takoma Park, MD
United States

Artist Statement
I practice improvisational construction- I do not use patterns and prefer to cut pieces that I pin to a large design wall. I work until I like a composition and then figure out how to engineer the piece and sew it together. From my tailoring days, I prefer very complex compositions that are difficult to construct. It is not unusual for me to stare at my wall for a very long time trying to figure out what shape to sew first. Piecing is my favorite form of a puzzle.

I love the juxtaposition of spontaneity and precision. To get a composition to look free-flowing and gestural demands great control and exactness. This is my holy grail and I still have not cracked that nut. But I continue to try. I do not applique or use any fusing whatsoever. All of my work is machine pieced and machine and hand stitched and while it would be far faster and easier to fuse fabric together, it is not a technique that I use.