1. I live in Wyoming because of proposition 13 passing in California. A job opportunity brought me and then husband and baby son to Gillette in 1978 (coldest winter ever). In 1980 I got a divorce and soon married my divorce attorney. My X husband moved back to California and I still live here!
2. My husband Felix introduced me to gardening and Buddhism. I have embraced both and they make their way into my contemporary art quilts
3. If it weren’t for proposition 13, my daughter would probably not exist. Last summer daughter Lee married a man who was born in the same birthing center on nearly the same day. His Mom and I have been friends for 36 years. This same friend accidentally introduced me to the Front Range Contemporary Quilt group in Colorado. I made regular trips to meetings in Colorado for over a decade.
4. How did I end up with a Japanese name? My husband’s family was probably actually Sovada or Zowada. Somewhere along the line it was changed to Sowada.
Common Question: How did you ever think to use fabric to make art?
As a child I was introduced to lots of art projects in a variety of media, including paper and fabric scraps, which I used to create artwork. Mom said “Do something with those scraps”. So I did. While in High School I created appliqué wall hangings that were in a playful cartoon style. After my college years studying music, I returned to using fabric to make decorative wall hung visual art. My work grew in realism and complexity in the 1980’s and 90’s. My applique pieces were stretched over stretcher bars and hung on the wall. In the last 16 years I have devoted a lot more studio time creating fine art that is presented as contemporary art quilts.
Art Quilt Portfolio People and Portraits, 2011
Quilting Arts magazine june/july 2011
Machine Quilting Unlimited, May 2011
Abstract & Geometric, 2016
Have the Right , presented by Picture Art Foundation, Nov 2011
State of the Art, The Studio Quilt, no. 6, November 2011Xhibit, 2011
Exhibitions 3&4, preston contemporary art
Quilting Arts magazine April/May 2011
500 Quilts by Lark Books, 2010
SAQA Journal Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Fall 2016
Quilting Arts magazine Dec./Jan. 2010
Quilters Newsletter magazine Feb/March 2010
Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine Nov. 2010
Do I teach workshops? No
Do I give talks? Yes, sometimes in the Region.
Is my work showcased in book or magazine? Yes. The top three publications listed above are good reading if you want to know more about my creative process and techniques.
My earthy tactile pieces show our connection to nature and to one another, and most recently to the digital age. Relationship is an on going theme that resonates in both my abstract conceptual and my figurative work.