has always held an allure for me. Fascinated by the
infinite manipulations which can be achieved with this
fiber, my art has evolved from a traditional approach
to quilting to the ever broadening challenge of developing
new techniques and design ideas. Quilted works can
appear hard or soft, graphic or flowing, three-dimensional
or flat; embellishments add yet another level of interest.
I see myself changing in the execution of my work,
always seeking the new possibility."
helping Neal with Basement Studio activities is now the
main focus of Coleen's energy, she still finds time to
escape to her own studio space once in a while. Coleen
has designed art to wear and wall quilts for over 40 years.
Her focus is based in tradition but incorporates contemporary
design and embellishments. Her business, Coverings, was
well known in the quilting world for almost 15 years. Along
with partner Diane Herbort, they provided adventureous
quilters with supplies that were very hard to find...unusual
fabrics, beads, buttons, fancy trims, fancy yarns and threads...they
were always on the leading edge, making specialty products
available that regular quilt stores were reluctant
teaching credits include the International Quild Festival,
Quilt Surface Design Symposium, National Quilting Association,
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Conference and Quilter's Heritage Celebration,
as well as numerous guilds and stores. Her designs have
been featured in several national magazines including McCall's
Needlework and Crafts, FiberArts, Country Handcrafts and
Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Many years of living abroad
influence her use of unusual fabrics and the art and architecture
of other cultures frequently provide design inspiration.
Coleen's work has been exhibited widely and was shown at
the the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX; Visions,
Museum of Man, San Diego, CA; Art Barn in Washington, DC;
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD; Paducah Art
Gallery, Paducah, KY; Park Avenue Atrium, New York, NY;
and in the Fairfield Fashion Show which travels internationally.
She was an Artist-in-Residence at Glen Echo National Park
in Maryland and a member of FiberWorks at the Torpedo Factory
Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
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