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.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Back in the Swing of Things!
A few days ago I had someone in the fabric store ask me what I was planning to make with the fabric I was buying. I always find this interesting because I rarely have anything in mind when I buy fabric. I just add it to my stash. If it is something really lovely I might hang it up on the side of my design wall so I can see if it inspires anything. When I plan to make something I will usually start with a key fabric and then pull other things out that might go with it. I like to choose unlikely pairings quite often and really shake it up. I think that's why some of my pieces have been successful and created lots of interest. Unusual fabric combinations are fun to challenge yourself with and make them work. Sometimes I also like to use the organic lines of a scrap or remnant piece as it is to create unusual lines in a piece. I did that with a piece of scrap suede that I had which was oddly shaped and I just used it as it was as the focal point of a piece. Easier to do with things like suede, felt, felted wool and fleece which all have edges that don't ravel, but cotton can work too. I usually stitch my raw edge pieces with a narrow zigzag using clear polyester thread.
In a few weeks I'll be getting my quilts ready to exhibit at the local bank, Rocky Mountain Bank, on Main Street in Stevensville. They will be there for all of April and May. I am still debating about how many and what quilts to take there, but I'm leaning towards mostly smaller pieces. Hopefully I will have a few new pieces for those who have already seen what I had in the gallery in January and in the textile arts show in Hamilton in February. I think everything will be for sale and I hope to have some lower priced pieces that might sell better in this economy than my larger pieces.
I'm watching the Celtic Women on PBS and getting quite distracted as I try to type this! I particularly like the Irish and Celtic songs as opposed to when they sing American tunes. Although I have to say that "You Raise Me Up" is good no matter who sings it.
The piece I am working on is calling me to move along with it, so I will go be creative and get back to you....