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
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.