Thursday, June 6, 2013

Artist Profile: Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella
Modesto and Arnold, California

1,  What year did you make your first quilt?   1980 art purchased by Renwick Gallery Smithsonian Museum 1994

2.  What is the first show, and year, that you ever entered your art quilts?  1981 Venue? Quilt National

3.  What is your artistic style? seat of my pants, art quilt. First attempts were vertical stripes

4.  Have you ever changed your style from when you started making quilts? Many times, hand painted silks, solid color cotton fabrics in stripes, checkerboard blocks set on  point, figurative, cartoon, abstract silk fused.

5.  What other style in quilt making piques your interest? what I call quick clips, fused fabrics cut shapes and fill a space.

6.  What other medium in art influences your work as a fiber artist? I love to visit museums, fortunate to see many wonderful collections all over the world, I learn from each artist.

7.  What do you have coming up?  Shows, Articles in magazines, Books, etc. Article for June issue The Quilt Life, article for Health Contentment Life, local magazine. Three lectures in May. Plans for exhibit in 2014.

8.  Where will your art take you from here? It has taken me so far, I wonder what will come next. With recurrent Ovarian Cancer I just might continue writing my life story begun in 2010 when I was diagnosed.

9.  Describe your studio space: fabulous, you should come and visit me. One small room with design wall, storage, extra table for layout. Large room overlooks 40 acres of forest, large tables to work on and lots of stuff.

10. What was the biggest challenge you have encountered in the making of your art quilt for "An Exquisite Moment?" My first theme didn't resonate with me in terms of color and content. Reflecting on my fabulous trips to France and the experience of walking the path of Van Gogh in Arles, i was filled with the colors of the south of France, together with the emotion of  knowing Vincent  once walked where I had just been.


  1. Always an inspiration, both artistically and personally.

  2. I'm a big fan of Van Gogh (as well as of you!), great story about France, thanks for sharing!


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