Artist Information for Laura Jaszkowski
I have been creating with needle and thread for as long as I can remember starting with award-winning garments. Eventually artistic quilt designs became part of my creative repertoire. Currently I focus primarily on producing wall hangings out of a variety of textiles or a combination of textiles and mixed media, usually using the raw edge applique method and free-motion quilting.
Rift Valley43" w x 40" h   rift valley n (1903): an elongated valley formed by the depression of a block of the earth's crust between two faults or groups of faults of approximately parallel strike Although I live in the city, it is vast, open spaces of land that truly inspire me. Undeveloped and untouched land makes me think about how so much of our earth looked to earlier inhabitants. As time passes, and these vistas disappear, they seem even more precious. I like to imagine what people long before me felt when they first saw the same landscape. There are still some places on earth that can awaken that collective memory.
Canyonlands24" x 30"
Altitude24" x 30"
Fallow Fields24" x 30"
Precious Land40" x 42"   Photo by Jon Christopher Meyers
As the human population increases on Earth, our cities creep ever outward. The human psyche needs places that are open, quiet and free of chaos. Will we guard those places as precious or will they slowly disappear?