The Artist

I am an art quilter exploring stories starting with a photograph.

Vintage images, family albums and camera phone snapshots documenting my life are my primary subject matter.  Every art quilt I make has a rich subtext - a hidden story.

Creating allows me, as an artist; to think deeply about my life and celebrate the joy I find everyday

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My process starts with a digital image. I use photo manipulation software to enhance or create a new composition. The digital file is sent to a commercial fabric printer. When the fabric arrives in my studio, I use a variety of  materials including dyes, pigment sticks and paints directly on the cloth.  As I quilt through the cloth, batting and backing; I am  drawing with thread to create a rich and visually exciting  work of art.

Margaret Abramshe was born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1959 to family of academics. She studied for her BFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a degree in Art Education from Florida International University and a Master’s in Fine Art from the University of Northern Colorado. She spent her career as public school educator, a mentor teacher, wrote numerous grants and was part of district wide curriculum writing teams in Jefferson County Colorado.

Since retiring, Margaret has devoted her time to being studio artist working as an art quilter.  In the past three years Margaret’s art quilts have been included in numerous local, national and international shows.

Recent Posts

New Directions

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Since my last post I have had a series of four rejections to quilt shows. This has made me rethink my focus on building my resume. As I looked over the list of calls for entry I did not get into, I came up with a couple of insights.

After looking at the work accepted to these exhibits;  it was clear that two of the exhibitions “favored’ abstract or abstracted compositions. These shows also focused on artists who have a experimental approach to materials. My work was not a good fit because it is figurative and more closely associated with traditional art mediums (photography and painting) .

The other two exhibitions asked entrants to respond to a specific theme. Of the work I have seen accepted into these shows, it was clear my submissions were out of sync – a little too edgy or provocative. I also was creating something for the show and not pulling something from my portfolio to enter. This is a mistake I have made before and yet I did it again!

As luck would have it, a good friend and fellow artist came to visit. We had a great time visiting Kenyatta Art Village and  some local galleries downtown.

She explained how she was heading in a new direction with her art business. Her plan was to limit her teaching schedule to spend more time creating for a studio sale with a few other artists. After sale is over, she will work on becoming  a member of local gallery or co-op.

 

Now I have a new direction.

  • Target my submissions to limited number of exhibitions. This will allow me more studio time to focus on creating.  Then I focus my efforts of finding somewhere locally to sell my work. 

Until next time…..
Margaret

 

 

 

Needle and Thread

Last time I wrote, I was excited about a trip to the “Road to California” quilt show in Ontario California. This experience helped my broaden my view of creative expression. There is great value in understanding the rationale behind  quilt show judging. Judges at quilt shows use a rubric to evaluate all kinds of quilts. […]

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Road to California

Last month I got a chance to attend the “Road to California” quilt show. The show is an annual event in Ontario California. I had a quilt on display in the human figure category. It was the first time I entered a traditional quilt show.  As an art quilter, I have been devoting time to […]

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Keep a Little Notebook

There is a book by Gretchen Rubin called the “Four Tendencies”. It’s a book that divides personality profiles into four basic groups. She has test to find out where your personality falls. As it turns out I am an “Obliger”.  Obligers respond best to external motivation. They feel obligated to take out the trash, get […]

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Why am I the “Metaphysical Quilter” ?

As I hand out a business card that most frequent question I get is “Why the “Metaphysical” Quilter”.  In truth I have to say that I decided on this moniker 10 years ago and did not fully think through my choice. But as time goes on I am becoming more attached to this name. Metaphysical […]

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