Thursday, July 11, 2013

Artist Profile: Pamela Price Klebaum

Pamela Price Klebaum
Ventura, California

1,  What year did you make your first quilt?    Traditional or art?  In law school, I had a list of what I wanted to do when I graduated – have a baby, learn quilting, calligraphy and stained glass. I did them all in 1978!

2.  What is the first show, and year, that you ever entered your art quilts?  Venue? Buenaventura Art Association, 2007.

3.  What is your artistic style? I strive for an aesthetic I describe as “spare,” uncluttered. I like a pared-down image, with line and texture telling the story.

4.  Have you ever changed your style from when you started making quilts? I think this core goal of simplicity has been consistent. I love a good line-story.

5.  What other style in quilt making piques your interest?  I have studied discharge and wax methods, and would like to try my hand at those, nice spare marks.

6.  What other medium in art influences your work as a fiber artist?  Currently my work intersects with my how I create my art glass pieces – what has developed is a delightful cross-fertilization of image and texture. I am trying to see how I can transfer textile surface design techniques to my glass-making.

7.  What do you have coming up?  Shows, Articles in magazines, Books, etc. I have a solo show this fall at a local art association, and a “joint-solo” show at another local art association in the fall of 2014.  I have a piece in Martha Sielman’s latest Art Quilt Portfolio book.

8.  Where will your art take you from here? I am focused on translating my glass work into textiles. Depicting the multilayered transparent curved glass images in a flat undulating surface is quite a delightful undertaking.

9.  Describe your studio space: My studio is a former bedroom that has a spectacular view of the Pacific. Sweeeeet!

10. What was the biggest challenge you have encountered in the making of your art quilt for "An Exquisite Moment?" My hand stitching is intense and took months. I wanted long elegant stitches, but I felt they would be fragile if not anchored. So I did tiny anchoring stitches as well, which tripled the time required. Partway through the piece, I had shoulder surgery, which forced me to stop stitching for six months. I was so afraid I would not be able to finish the piece in time.

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