Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Artist Profile Series: Libby Williamson

Libby Williamson
Villa Park, California

1. What is sitting on the edges of your work table? Paint is dripping off the edge to the paint-splattered floor below.

2. If someone looked beneath the surface, what could be revealed that we might not know about you? I am an introvert but I love to come to play!

3. What occupies the space between your sewing machine and your cutting table? On any given day the piles shift and change from. Wet paint and pristine hand-stitching threads share the space.

4. What is the most exquisite moment in your artistic life? I hung upside-down from a tree, (because I can no longer do a handstand), to celebrate my artwork on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine.

5. Do you have daily rituals in your studio? My concrete floor is a work in progress with spatters and drips of paint. I usually finish up my day with some fresh puddles of paint that will dry overnight.

6. Reflecting on the quilts that you have made, which one stands out to you? My newest quilt is usually my favorite…Clan of Misfits.

7. What do you have an affinity for in your work? Free-motion stitching in my sketchy style finds it’s way into most of my work. I use my sewing machine as my favorite drawing tool.

8. What kinds of patterns do you use in your work to create interest and texture? Grids and circles are the launching point in a lot of my work, combined with bold, black free-motion lines and softer hand stitches.

9. What personal iconography is identifiable to you exclusively in your work? Recycled tea bags, beginning as tiny, individual substrates, are collaged with hand-painted fabric and paper, stitched upon, and then are combined to create a larger composition.

10. What was your inspiration for the Best of Dinner at Eight? A sense of belonging in my world of family, friends and artists was the central theme of my quilt, with each individual component representing parts and people in my life.

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