This red and black abstract collage is an art quilt entitled “Courage”. The title is a nod to “The Red Badge of Courage” as the piece evokes the sentiments of honor and pride to my eyes. It is in a collage style that is common to my work which allows the under- and overlapping of shapes and lines for a striking composition. The beautiful red linen background fabric is accented by select commercial cottons to create a piece of art that has strong energy and yet it is calming to live with. The original design organic stitching on this piece is particularly interesting and elevates the work by its complexity and innovation (see detail images). Beads add the final touch of texture and balance to this dramatic fiber art.
Specifics about this piece:
Dimensions: 12-3/4″w x 19-1/2″h
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About My Work
I use fabric, thread, and often beads to create wall quilts that are like paintings in cloth. My work is mostly abstract and it reflects my appreciation of the beauty to be found in the mountains, forests, fields, and gardens of Western Montana (USA) where I am inspired to create. You will see recurring motifs in my work like leaves, flowers, trees and other elements of the natural world, although sometimes the connection to nature is found in the color choice or varied textures of the cloth. I am also excited by color and combining color in sometimes unexpected ways.
Most pieces are heavily stitched by machine with a hand-guided organic style of movement and line that is not marked or pre-planned. I design the quilting patterns for each piece as they are stitched and I change color and types of thread frequently during the process. I love to incorporate stone, glass, metal, wood and other types of beads which become integral to the work as a wonderful contrast and compliment to the fiber. Beads catch light in a different way than fabric so they add strong visual impact to the art. I use many types of cloth and often create my own designs using techniques such as dyeing, painting, stamping, stenciling, color removal, rusting, and soy wax batik. Some pieces are wholecloth designs where a single piece of cloth I have created, my quilting/stitching designs, and any embellishment I may choose to add come together to make a piece of art that is thoughtful and meaningful.
All of my fiber art pieces are finished with a fabric sleeve for hanging stitched to the back side and shipped with a wooden rod for easy hanging. Two small nails (or long pushpins for smaller pieces) will keep the work hanging neat and straight on your wall for a wonderful art accent in your home or business.
My pieces are one-of-a-kind, original designs and although I may work in a series of related pieces on occasion, never is there going to be another piece exactly like this one.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my work in general or a particular quilt or technique. I often share works in progress, new work, where I’m showing my art and teaching activities on my Fiber Into Art by Heidi Facebook Page at and on my blog.
Fiber Into Art by Heidi
I use fabric, thread, and beads to create wall quilts that are like paintings in cloth. My work is mostly abstract and it reflects my appreciation of the beauty to be found in the mountains, forests, fields, and gardens of Western Montana where I am inspired to create.
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Jeff Elliott creates hand blown glass vessels in Pleasanton, California. The glass art Closed Bowl collection featured here shows some of his work. Visit his shop on Etsy to see other shapes, colors and paper weights.