I recommend reading my blog posts. I talk about my inspirations and process. I share art-related themes, such as editing, narration, curating, and recipes. Seeing my Contemporary Quilt Art in person is always best, so check out my Exhibits page. There may be a show near you that I am participating in.
I work in abstract conceptual, representational, and cartoon styles. No matter what style I am using, there are repeating themes explored: seasons of life, harmony, spirit, mending that which is torn, metamorphosis, response to world news, less is more, moments, relationships, and imperfection.
In my abstract pieces, I use a combination of commercial fabrics and painted cotton and linen. These artworks have hand appliqué and a combination of hand and machine quilting. Often pieces will look imperfect and unfinished.
My figurative pieces are more likely to be created using fusing and machine applique and quilting. I use a tracing of my image and work flat on a table. If I am not fusing, then I pin and tape things in place until I am ready to sew by hand.
I have been using fabric as my medium for 55 years! My first applique wall hangings were whimsical cartoons, more doodle than commentary. In 2022 there are some ideas that are best expressed using a cartoon style.
Are you interested in my creative process and technique? My blog posts often discuss my inspirations and how things are constructed.
Recycled Materials 05/24/2022
Show and Tell 01/29/2021
Virtual Retreat 10/27/2021
Do I teach workshops? No
Do I give talks? Yes, sometimes in the Region.
I am a curator, gardener, grandma, singer, writer, cook, and contemporary quilt artist. I am on Facebook and Instagram – Joan Sowada Art