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.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
"Art Quilter" Aspiring to "Author"
So, now I am struggling to figure out what I know that someone else would want to read about. What do I know enough about to teach someone else in a 3-5 page magazine article?
My work is somewhat varied but I believe I have a style that makes my body of work cohesive. I know that people who know my work can usually identify it in a quilt show or gallery. I use heavy quilting using many different threads, quite often beading, and have a unique way with color. Many of my pieces are collage style using raw edge applique, but I also do pieces that incorporate leaves, trees, sometimes landscapes, and other nature related imagery and themes. In preparing for the show I have next month I have been doing a lot of "wholecloth" pieces using fabric that I created by dyeing or painting fabric in various methods. Some are quilting only, others have embellishments on them like beads and suede. All during the process I have been thinking about what I could teach someone about what I do. I'm still thinking...
I think my goal with writing about my work is to inspire and motivate other artists to create art. I love getting feedback from people when they see my work and wish they could do the same thing, or something similar. They feel energized and excited about creating something and I feel honored that what I do makes them feel that way. If I can write an article and include some images of my work that spurs someone on to fulfill their desire to create art and maybe "be like me", I'm happy. I absolutely love what I do and can't get enough of it so I love sharing that with others. Ever since I was a kid I've always wanted everyone to be happy so doing something that helps people feel that way is, as Martha says, "a good thing!"
Once I get my show off the ground in September I will be returning to my laptop to try to write more articles. Watch for my first one to appear in The Quilt Life magazine in their October issue. It is about Strata Art Quilts which are what I call long narrow quilts composed of varied width strips of fabric. It's a great style of art quilt for beginners or for those, like me, who like to take a break from challenging projects to do something fun and beautiful that doesn't take a whole lot of time.