Textile Talks: Ebb & Flow

Conversations with the Artists

We had a great time talking with selected artists from SAQA Global Exhibition Ebb & Flow. We heard from Meredith R Grimsley, Carol Anne Grotrian, Marisa Márquez, and Lynne Seaman about their work, process, and inspiration. Many things in life and history demonstrate recurring patterns of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, tides, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature. Change is a constant, and this exhibition explores how it affects all different aspects of our lives.

Exhibition Benefactor
Frank Klein

About the Artists

Meredith Re’ Grimsley received her MFA in 2002, and her BFA in 1999, in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.  Her work, including wearable art, installation, performance, two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, has been shown in numerous national and international venues in solo and group exhibitions. She is Professor of Fabric Design at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Carol Anne Grotrian began quilting in the early 1980s, and soon discovered shibori, Japan’s ancient tradition of tie-dye. Shibori helped her find her voice in landscape quilts. Carol Anne dyes the fabric for her quilts, using fiber-reactive dyes and indigo. In recent years, she has added the slow stitch techniques of raw edge appliqué and Japanese boro to her love of hand quilting. 

Marisa Márquez is a teacher and textile artist. Although her background is in linguistics her true vocation is textile art. After trying different ways of expressing her creativity she found her way through patchwork techniques and has been developing and studying since the year 2000. Marisa has participated in the Spanish Magazine “Patchwork Secrets”, with her works and writes in the Bernina International blog.    
Lynne Seaman is a fiber artist living and working in London, UK. She uses abstract landscapes to tell a story about the passage of time, the changing seasons, and the renewal of Spring. Trees are her icons. They represent strength and growth, the end of life, and the renewal of life. Lynne loves the changing colors of the sky at sunrise and sunset and tries to capture this natural wonder in her quilts, often as a vivid background to her abstract tree shapes.