Thursday, October 8, 2015

Artist Profile: Jane Dunnewold

Jane Dunnewold
San Antonio, Texas

1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you?  Or if this is your first time with us, how did you like the size? No challenges except to make sure it was the right size! Liked it fine.

2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table:  what is the best thing about it? It's large and long - 48" x 16' and all the storage is underneath on rolling carts, which makes access easy. The space is also large with 32' of pin up board - a real luxury.

3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on? I have been working on "assemblage" type pieces using vintage textiles so it was fun to return to my basic surface design roots.

4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”?  How do you overcome it? I never rush. I think about it right before I go to sleep and "invite" an answer to manifest. If that doesn't work I do something else until the correct resolution comes to me.

5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time? I have several things going at once, but always focus on one piece through to completion if I can. Partly because I don't want to leave all the finishing to the end, since I find it to be the most tedious stuff.

6. What do you hope people take away from your work? Thought-provoking pleasure.

7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt:  What are your least favorite parts? I love imagining and seeing the piece come to fruition. I don't care for the finishing.

8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to? SDA, SAQA, several museums.

9. Do you have a preferred color palette?  Why? No. In order to stretch I've tried working achromatically, and did a series of 40 pieces that were mainly gray, white and black. I use color based on what it symbolizes for me, more than based on a palette.

10. What do you regard as your most interesting milestones along your art journey? My books, some of the good shows I've gotten into. The Quilt Japan Prize in 2002. Being President of SDA so that I could "give back" trite as that sounds.
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