Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium. She is a professional member of the SAQA and Art Quilt Network. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials and mark making. Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as a fellowship at Northwestern University. Artist Residencies have included the Mendocino Arts Center in California, and the Vermont Studio Center. Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France and Cape Town in 2017, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level. Deborah was recognized with the highest honor internationally; Visions Art Museum in San Diego presented her with the Quilts Japan Prize in 2018.
LAYERED CLOTH CONSTRUCTION: Breaking the Rules
In this design workshop, students will learn the power of combining established quilt piecing techniques in a unique way that will open a door to the possibility of new approaches in making design decisions. Students will begin by making small compositions. Guidance is provided on how to translate these small compositions into larger scale compositions.
Using different materials as a base, unconventional foundation piecing is explored, along with non-traditional approaches to raw edge applique, as a manageable option of working with small fabric scraps to create a unified image. Approaching hand stitching as a mark making design element, brings the final magic. Students are provided with direct instruction through demos, presentations and handouts. Content includes exploring these techniques using the collage method to create a more consistent, personal design style.
Using this approach allows you to have greater choices when approaching the design and implementation of an art quilt. Students will also learn the power of limiting your color palette for materials. Along with celebrating the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes, this method opens up innovative avenues for construction options. Imperfection and breaking the rules is encouraged.
What you will learn in this workshop
Students will begin by making small compositions. Guidance is provided on how to translate these small compositions into larger scale compositions
Using different materials as a base, unconventional foundation piecing is explored, along with non-traditional approaches to raw edge applique, as a manageable option of working with small fabric scraps to create a unified image.
Add stitching, embedding, and applique methods which will then allow found objects, beads, and other sources of materials to be included in your designs.