Instructor: Sharon Bottle Souva
The natural world is full of wonder and beauty, a perfect place to find design ideas for quilts. This workshop assists participants in translating that inspiration into a small original designed wall quilt. By breaking down an inspirational photo or picture to its basic design elements students will use a combination of piecing and fused appliqué to create unique works of art. Machine quilting completes and enhances the design elements.
I am an artist who works with fabric.
The pure nature of fabric with all its complexities and possibilities offers a connection to the creative process. I am continually learning the language of fabric to bring it to its full potential.
Growing up on a farm in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains brought about an intimate relationship with the natural world. As a child, I was drawn into the beauty of trees, flowers and rolling farm hills. Inspirations come from the views in gardens, woods, streams and mountains. I am able to incorporate a sense of realism edged with minimalism to translate the simplicity of nature into my designs.
Process has taken a forefront in creative exploration. There is an overall idea that emerges from inspirations that appear moment by moment while navigating the work. Each step informs the next, bringing new possibilities. There is a measure of immediacy as I work intuitively and spontaneously with the cloth. Exploration of the materials and techniques brings fluency of the language of fabric allowing for more calculated choices, along with a freedom to continue the creative process. It is here with fabric that I have found my voice as an artist.
My work can be seen at:
Gallery 54, Skaneateles, NY
CazMade In Cazenovia, NY
Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY
Private and public collections around the country.
Currently I am an associate professor at Cazenovia College. In addition hold workshop and classes specializing in fabric art and collage throughout the region. I received a MA in Studio Art and a BFA / studio art- printmaking concentration from the State University of NY at Oswego.
For more information about Sharon and to view her work, please visit: www.sharonbottlesouva.com