HEIDI ZIELINSKI - Fiber Artist
Creating art out of fiber and stitch is my passion. In no other pursuit have I ever found the rewards and joy that I find in using textiles, thread, paint, beads, yarns, and whatever else inspires me to make an object of beauty to share with others.
My work is based in the quilting tradition of three layers stitched together, but the artistry of it goes far beyond the basic piecing of geometric shapes to create a bedcovering. You will see reflections of nature in my work as I live in a valley in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and my own garden. Color and texture inspire my work and they are my palette.
I write about what I am doing with my art and where I hope to go. I create, I write, I teach, I share and I think about my art and tell you about it all on the pages of my blog.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've been stymied by one piece I'm working on (see above) and now I have some prior commitments to attend to outside the studio, so I guess it will remain undone on my design wall until I can be inspired to return to it. It is a bold and colorful quilt that is much different than my usual---although I'm not sure I have a "usual" style! It is also larger than most of my recent pieces and it seems to be a difficult size for me. It is hard sometimes for me to show people my works in progress as they are quite rough compared to what they will eventually become. Unfortunately I don't have a clear vision of this one and how it will look, but you can get an idea of the lines and bold color. I definitely have some work in front of me to tie this together and balance it out. It will come, it will come....!
I have just finished a piece (picture of it below before it was completely done) that is based on the log cabin pattern but has modern twist to the piecing and color. I love how the colors (purple and lime) play in this one and I'm really happy with how the embellishments worked out. It was a stubborn quilt when it came to actually quilting it and I had to put it aside for several weeks. My machine kept skipping stitches and breaking the thread constantly. I finally picked it up again last week and zipped right along with the quilting with very few problems, even using metallic threads. I had planned to enter it in a show but that deadline passed and I guess it just wasn't meant to be. It just did not want to be done for that one! I'm sure something else will come along for it. I will be showing it at a trunk show on November 5 along with many of my other art pieces.
My goal these days is to sell my quilts so I'm trying to get them out there for everyone to see and let people know about what I am doing. I'll try to get some more pictures onto my blog so you can see the work I've been doing. Right now I need to get ready for my quilt guild meeting tomorrow night so come back again later to see what I'm up to!