Sharon C.

Sisters, Oregon

I have always been drawn to textiles and creating.  For most of my life, I have dabbled in creative activities and experimented with art forms such as sketching, watercolors, and collages, and later on surface design.  Today, I blend those art forms into my quilts.  Using a variety of techniques, I combine my own hand-dyed and custom-printed fabrics with an interesting array of commercial cottons and batiks—a technique I refer to as “mashup art.” 

My mother introduced me to garment making as a young teen, and I had visions of becoming a fashion designer.  But my life took a divergent path—I married, had children, and when I did take advanced training, I opted for a degree in Anthropology.  I realize now that I should have studied art and textiles, but at the time I didn’t even think of it as something viable.  And I only discovered quilts by accident—when I decided one day as a stay-at-home mom that I wanted to create a wall hanging out of cloth.  From there, I began making traditional quilts for my home, but was always drawn to modifying the patterns or drawing up appliqué pieces from my own imagination and to suit my sense of aesthetics.  I now think of myself as a multidisciplinary textile artist with a love for incorporating various artistic works into my art quilts and a passion for fabric and design.  

I like to create fiber art on both a design wall and a computer.  In a broad sense, I hope to intertwine organic and visual arts in my work.  Marks, lines, and color with a subtle touch of texture are prominent throughout my quilts.  For my computer graphics work, I like to blend or combine what I think of as disparate images and play “what if.”  I’m often surprised with the complexity of the results.  

I’ve been asked about the cognitive process of my work but try not to think about the how and prefer to focus on the results.  I don’t want to be labeled with any specific style and feel my work is totally intuitive and often experimental.  Color, line, and texture are frequently the impetus for beginning a quilt.  Although I do not consciously create series work, using scraps or experimental techniques from previous projects may give my work a sense of flow.  

I have exhibited my work in juried shows in Bend, Oregon as well as The Clearwater and Twigs Galleries in Sisters.  My art is also held in numerous private collections and has appeared in publications such as Art Quilting Studio and will soon appear in an upcoming article for Quilting Arts Magazine.  I am an active member of the Central Oregon Studio Arts Quilt Association (SAQA).

(as of December 12, 2016)