It all began innocently enough, a little utilitarian sewing, a little traditional quilting. Before I knew it my work began a metamorphosis, designs that stretch the traditional and reach beyond the quilt realm. I tell the fabric’s story, often incorporating origami and other dimensional construction methods to create 2D and 3D art pieces.
After all, it’s all about the fabric; the tactile quality, the colors, the patterns and how they play off each other. I am especially drawn to batik fabrics. Unlike traditional quilt fabrics whose design is often superficial, having been merely printed on a woven material, the rich hues and designs of batiks, often hand dyed, penetrate the weave and thus give the fabric a soul. My work represents their stories as I have envisioned them.
Linda is a contemporary fabric artist who was born in rural upstate NY and lived for many years in Alaska. Often inspired by nature her use of color developed from a need to bring life to the long dark Alaskan winters.
Since recently transitioning from quilting to fine art Linda’s work has received several awards including People’s Choice at the 2nd Annual Esther – Price Nature Art Sculpture Contest where her fabric 3D sculpture “Reverie” was purchased by the Pacifica Arts Guild as part of the permanent collection for display at Pacifica Gardens. Linda has been a Guest Instructor at community workshops held in conjunction with the Southern Oregon Art Show at Rogue Community College’s Firehouse Gallery and was also selected as a Featured Artist for the 2014 “Art in Motion”, a Public Art Project sponsored by the City of Grants Pass.
Linda currently lives in Grants Pass, OR with her husband Mike where she is an artist at Gallery One @ the Museum in downtown Grants Pass and is also available for commission work.