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.

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On the Wall

FAVA

My quilt “Nan” was included in the long running and prestigious exhibition:

“Artist” as Quiltmaker XVIII” in Oberlin Ohio.   

The exhibition is very competitive and this year was juried by Emily Zilber; a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I received the Kirtz/Van Nortwick Award and an image of my quilt was used in the promotional poster.

The opening was May 12th and the show will run through July 29 2018.


Going to see art at exhibition is a learning opportunity

Seeing the actual art quilt on the wall allows me to to explore another artist’s technique and materials. By getting up close I can make an educated guess about the process. If I am lucky the artist is also attending the opening providing me a unique opportunity to listen to an artist talk about their own studio practice. I eavesdrop on other art quilters attending an opening. They always  have interesting insights into materials and construction.

Work that is presented in a gallery setting with good lighting and hung by professional gallery staff helps me to compare and contrast work in the same medium. I look at the scale of pieces presented, the genres (abstract, figurative, landscapes, conceptual, political, etc.) and level of technical mastery. Seeing which pieces were hung together as a small “collection” helps me see the visual connections from professionals point of view.

Unlike quilts shows, art quilts presented in a gallery setting are selected by a juror to present to an audience. The juror selects work that will “engage” an audience. As I tour the show I try to determine what drew the eye of juor to this quilt. I look  at overall composition and for quilts that are out of the ordinary.

As headed home, during a long day at a couple of airports, I read the catalogue. The catalogue includes a juror’s statement, a curator’s statement and statements from each artist. I read these carefully. Some artists in this exhibition used the statement to take me to another level of understanding of their submission and their larger body of work.

The last thing I look at are the photographs. There was a mixed bag of professional photographs and artist’s taking their own photographs. Each photograph was very high quality; however a photograph can never replace  see the actual work on the wall.


Until Next Time……
Margaret

 

SAQA Conference

This year I went to the SAQA conference in San Antonio. The hotel was on the famous river walk. I came home with many steps on my fitbit, wonderful pictures and with valuable information to help me improve as an artist and art quilter. During the conference I signed up to have a critique done […]

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New Directions

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 […]

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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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