Monday, September 19, 2016

Artist Profile: Martha Wolfe

Martha Wolfe
Davis, California

1. How do you describe yourself?  I'm a mother, an artist, and a scientist. I'm analytical, resilient, optimistic and grateful. I love traveling, challenges, laughing and good coffee.

2. What is your creative process?  I do probably 75% of my creating in my head - from narrative and theme, to color and surface design concepts, to the logistics of construction. The final 25% is assembly, which most of the time starts with my own photographs, edited and manipulated in Photoshop and turned them into full size patterns. All along they way, I edit as needed and ALWAYS fix the things that don’t work before I go on. 
3. Describe your studio space.  It’s accessible….it's a large room adjacent to my kitchen filled with natural light, a raised cutting surface, design wall, and large sewing table.  It's inspiring….a shelf unit covers one wall, filled with fabric, books, pictures and memorabilia - - my favorite things.  It's a comfortable place....the computer is always on, there's almost always music and cats and family come and go. 
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I have a graphic, representational style, often celebrating birds and bicycles. Using color value and layering cotton and silk, I create shadow and light in a way analogous to a printmaker. My work continues to evolve and be refined, but the key components probably go back 5 years, to when I first started working as a fiber artist full time. 

5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Oh, yes….everything leads to the next something new. I’d like to spend more time printmaking and have a number of 3-D ideas I’d like to develop. Time is my biggest constraint. 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I don’t keep either in a conventional sense. I do keep an idea book where I enter concepts as they come to me. I tend to think of my Facebook/Instagram/blog as a diary of my art and other experiences. 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  I’m the founding member and curator of Viewpoints 9, an international, online collaborative group. We maintain a blog at: and a Facebook page at: as well as exhibit at venues around the world.
8. Do you teach?  I do teach, although recently that has not been my primary focus. That said, I’m always open to teaching opportunities, if someone expresses interest.

9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?

“Natural Healing,” National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, July 9 - September 9, 2016
“On the Fringe,” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, June 30 - September 25 
“Strata: New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates,” Reno Metro Gallery, September 19 - November 4, 2016
“Inspirations II,” Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, October 7 - November 19, 2016 
“Viewpoints 9: Variable & Constants”, International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, October 29 - November 6, 2016
“Natural Healing,” University of Chigaco Medical, IL, Mid-September to Mid-December, 2016
“Natural Healing,” University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, December 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017  
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my first time and I am very excited and honored to be a part of the exhibit!

Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  The first time I met Yvonne was at her retrospective exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech in 2012. Our newly formed SAQA-Pod had planned to have our second meeting after Yvonne's gallery talk and were thrilled when she asked to join us. As we went around the circle and introduced ourselves, she spoke with each of us - warm, inclusive, and encouraging. I'll always be inspired by the way she lived and created.

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