Jill Kerttula



Artist Information for Jill Kerttula

Jill's work is a combination of photography and stitching. It is also strongly influenced by her backgrounds in graphic design and one-of-a-kind garment making.

Inspiration comes from objects and colors found and photographed in both urban landscapes and the natural world, but the strongest influence is texture; The bark of a tree, the cool smoothness of ice, the graininess of concrete, the hard symmetry of brick work, the leaves as they change from summer soft to winter brittle, sticks. How textures are influenced and enhanced by changing light is an important consideration in her work.

She is open to both the materials and the process. All is fair game. The specific materials and processes vary from piece to piece, but fabric, and other fiber materials, respond well to manipulation, layering, and create the tactile textures that are not present in photography. The direct manipulation of the materials very meaningful to her, and why she uses "handcraft" materials and processes. While the pieces may be technically two dimensional, she considers the process sculpture-like.

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Bird Leaves

Bird Leaves22" x 40"  

"Bird Leaves" is one of my favorite memories of walks with my child (now 27). It was fall and they saw a feather amongst the fallen leaves and exclaimed "Look bird leaves!" Not a fall or feather goes by when I do not smile at this memory. This piece uses real feathers and leaves, an original photo, beads, and both hand and machine stitching as well as many fibers of all sorts!

Fishy Fishy

Fishy Fishy27" x 39"  

"Fishy Fishy" is a whimsical look at the fish market offerings! I photographed the wares, had the photos printed on fabric, and then stitched and embellished the fish to enhance the colors and sparkle of the fish, their scales and the ice in the bright sunshine!

Just Fly

Just Fly48" x 48"  

Using this quote, I was able to portray my neighborhood pigeons - some of my favorite models - to express my feeling about the creative spirit. My original photos have been combined, printed on fabric, then embellished with hand and machine stitching, additional piecing of commercial fabrics, applique, and couched yarns.

Main and Third

Main and Third24" x 28"  

This original photo was taken in Downtown Charlottesville, Va. It was transferred to fabric, then additional fabrics were added along with hand and machine stitching. Some beading adds to the night time lighting effects.

Bud to Bloom

Bud to Bloom30" x 36"  

This is a celebration of my adult child`s decision to recognize their correct gender identity. A decision full of risks, but also full of comfort and liberation. It is an original photo printed on fabric, then overlaid with other fabrics and heavily stitch both by machine and hand.