Friday, September 14, 2018

Artist Profile: Karol Kusmaul

Karol Kusmaul
Inverness, FL


1. What is sitting on the edges of your work table?  Cloth in Common project – nude challenge – customer quilts – writing assignments – Power of Women project – various UFO’s – pins (lots of pins)

2. If someone looked beneath the surface, what could be revealed that we might not know about you? I’m competitive and impatient.  I love to sing, but not in public!

3. What occupies the space between your sewing machine and your cutting table? A 12 foot APQS Millennium, 7 carts of fabrics,  and several cases of batting.

4. What is the most exquisite moment in your artistic life? Launching Cloth in Common last summer!!  We are an international group of eleven fiber artists.  We respond to bimonthly prompts and display our results on a blog at www.clothincommon.com  

5. Do you have daily rituals in your studio? Each studio visit is unique.  I do verbally thank my machines – Hope and Faith – each time I unplug them for the day.

6. Reflecting on the quilts that you have made, which one stands out to you?  The king size quilt I made with fabrics purchased in Paris.  It’s my longarm masterpiece, so far.  We sleep under it in the winter.

7. What do you have an affinity for in your work?  Starting a new collage piece, moving parts around and playing with possibilities.  I also love the moment when all the pins come out, and everything is stitched down!!!

8. What kinds of patterns do you use in your work to create interest and texture? All sorts!!!  I use prints from upcycled clothing.  Love to mix multiple patterns!!

9. What personal iconography is identifiable to you exclusively in your work?  See #8 above.  Also the fact that I draw with my scissors.  I rarely sketch first.  No pattern pieces.  I collage with raw edge prints and hand applique the shapes to a background with a ladder stitch.

10. What was your inspiration for the Best of Dinner at Eight?  On a fiber artists’ tour of Japan, I came upon this scene on my own during an early morning walk around the neighborhood.  It was thrilling and surreal to me, just to be there.
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