1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you? Yes, I felt extremely challenged to work in a square format. I have such a difficult time staying "in the box" so to speak!
2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table: what is the best thing about it? My design area consists of a portable design wall that is essentially a pink foam board that I picked up at Home Depot. I use it to paint on and often pin my works in progress to it while I am quilting so that I can carry it around and even bring it outside to audition colors and thread choices in a better light.
3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on? The square format and 2 dimensional aspect sets this piece on a very different level from my normal 3 dimensional artwork.
4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”? How do you overcome it? Great question! Sometimes, I just need time and/or inspiration to overcome my design block. A trip to the zoo or nature preserve does wonders for me!
5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time? I usually work on one project at a time though I have been known to juggle a few simultaneously.
6. What do you hope people take away from your work? It is my sincere wish that people come to have a greater respect for nature and it's many creatures.
7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt: What are your least favorite parts? I absolutely love the painting aspect of my work and while I do enjoy the quilting aspect, my least favorite part is the finishing work, i.e. the squaring, facing, sleeve and label. By this time, I just want the piece to be born! lol
8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to? I am a professional member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and I also belong to the Austin Art Bee and the Austin Fiber Artists group.
9. Do you have a preferred color palette? Why? I love working in jewel tone colors because they are bold and completely saturated with rich and lush color tones. When paired together, they are most beautiful!