Back on November 16, 2019, Laura Kate had an inspirational moment visiting the Gateway Arch in St. Louis:
Inspiration, Gestation, Implementation
INSPIRATION: The idea for creating a fiber object based on the Gateway Arch has been rattling around in my brain for some time. It really started way back in 2012, after my husband and I visited the Gateway to the West museum in St. Louis. At that time, he took a series of photographs showing every possible angle of the Arch at ground level. They are rather remarkable, taken as a group………
Yesterday, February 3, 2019, she posted her finished quilt.
Gateway Arch: Nine Views
A culmination of six months spent thinking about and working on it, here is the Gateway Arch quilt. I finishing sewing on the binding while watching the Super Bowl (Yay KC Chiefs!) I feel an odd combination of elation, satisfaction and relief. The finished object is largely what I had envisioned………
You have to go take a look at her post, her ideas, her progress, and her finished product. It is amazing. I am always in awe of those who create marvelous artwork.
Laura Kate is one of those. Check out her website and see for yourself.
A year of projects featuring fiber materials
Artist Bisa Butler draws from an array of vibrant patterned fabrics to create portraits of everyday people.
She avoids representational colors, favoring layered jewel-toned hues to form the skin of her Black subjects, and often groups figures together into strong silhouettes.
“I have always been drawn to portraits,” Butler explains in a statement on her gallery’s website.
“I was the little girl who would sit next to my grandmother and ask her to go through her old family photo albums. I was the one who wanted to hear the story behind every picture.”
“This inquisitiveness has stayed with me to this day. I often start my pieces with a black and white photo and allow myself to tell the story.”
Butler studied fine art at Howard University. In a video interview by BRIC TV, the artist explains that she began using fabric in her paintings in college, and then converted to quilting as a way to continue her dedicated art practice while protecting her young daughter from toxic materials and fumes.
Her quilts are full of motion, heritage, tradition, and beauty. They represent a merging of artistic excellence and quilting magic.
Bisa Butler‘s amazing quilting can be found at https://www.instagram.com/bisabutler/ and at at sights and galleries around the Internet.