FEATURE ARTICLE: Guest Blogger ELAINE QUEHL, First Prize Winner at Houston Int’l Quilt Festival!
I recently met Elaine online after admiring her work for a long time. When I heard she won the first prize in Houston for Curtain Call 2 in the Art-Naturescapes category, I was so happy for her. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person either! Here is here winning piece:
This piece is all about the fleeting beauty of dyeing hostas, and about the beauty of each season in our natural world. Notice the lovely shapes as the leaves dry and curl up.
Elaine dyes all her own fabric in order to get all the values she needs, particularly for her hosta series. Her use of sensual line and color really resonate with me.
She is also known for her beautiful, uplifting trees and flowers. This one was shibori dyed and I love how she used the values of pink:
And here is part one of a video series done on her. Her lovely personality really shines through:
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Elaine’s Bio, Jan 9, 2013
Elaine Quehl is a Canadian quilt artist, teacher, and fabric dyer who is best known for her dramatic and colourful nature-themed art quilts featuring luscious foliage (particularly hosta leaves), flowers and trees. All fabric used in her artwork is hand-dyed by the artist to provide the wide range of values she employs to create depth, drama, and contrast, and to read like nature’s dappled light. Each art quilt is also abundantly textured with free-motion stitching. Elaine’s work has been juried into, and selected for awards at, numerous international and national exhibits and has been widely published. Most recently, she was a featured artist in Art Quilt Portfolio: Natural World.
Elaine is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A.Hon.) where her Major subjects were Anthropology and Religion. She continued on with graduate studies, completing coursework in Religion and Popular Culture, but discovered the world of art quilts before finishing her thesis. Elaine is keenly interested in the way that we as humans make meaning, find our place in the world, and the factors that affect our creativity.
My quilts celebrate the visual drama that is present in the natural world. I aim to evoke the emotion, awe and wonder I experience when I first encounter my subjects. Often described as bold and sensual, my work employs contrasts of light and shadow to intensify visual impact. Foliage, trees, flowers, and nature’s cycles serve as metaphors for my inner world and allow communication and connection with the world through universally-understood themes of personal growth, wonder, self-acceptance, loss and healing, joy, and the cycles of life.
Visit Elaine’s website to see more: http://equarelle.ca
I’m really glad she is making her wonderful art quilts, and sharing it with the world. She also teaches, so check out her classes too!
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Did You Know?
That I am on Pinterest? Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at?
Never before has so much inspiration been in one place. It’s like having an art museum in your hands. If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned.
It’s super easy to get started. You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE. Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest. Then start pinning! I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual. And I have a feeling, you will too!
And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:
“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”
Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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