In any art form, there is a person who studies what has already been made and decides they are going to make their own version. Or as Gwen Marston describes it, “they turn left.” Sometimes that work become the catalyst for another type of art and encourages other people to explore the craft. In a time of traditional quilt making and an abundance of calico prints, Gwen Marston broke the mold with her liberated and minimal quilt making along with her use of solid fabrics. As she says in our conversation, “why make 30 of the same pattern, when you can make one big one?” Through her twenty nine books and thirty years of teaching quilt retreats, Gwen created the opportunity for modern quilting to be accepted in the quilting world.
As a professional fiber artist for over thirty years, Gwen’s style is playful, unexpected and celebrates independence. She will give the keynote address at Quilt Con and some of her pieces will hang there but until then, here are a few:[one_half]
During our conversation, I could hear her passion for the craft, the courage she has to follow her own path and the love she has for her students. We talk about how she learned to hand quilt on a quilt frame, the inspiration she receives from antique and folk art quilts, why she uses solid fabrics and how it feels to make your own quilt designs. After talking with Gwen, I felt renewed to build my own body of work and stay my own course. I hope she inspires you in the way you need it.
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Notes from the Show:
Sue Nickels (Holly Girls Retreat)
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