This year’s Sew Iowa magazine features four Iowa Art Quilters: Abigail Livingood, Sue Kluber, Don Dixson, and Janell Peters. Each of these artists brings a slightly different talent to the table.
Abigail creates pieces that have raw emotional impact. She also welds so her quilts often have jagged edges, just like her welded works do. Abigail is interested in the way plants interact in a way that is similar to how people interact. A common theme in her work is transformation.
Sue creates art quilts that look like photographs. She often works with natural themes like birds flying over water but she also creates pieces that are full of symbolism. Some of her artworks are so full of themes that you can stare at them for some time and still not see everything in the piece!
Don is the master of stretching quilts over canvas. His geometric quilts continue to evolve in color and content. Don only uses hand-dyed Ricky Tims fabric so his finished pieces have this luxurious look and feel. When you see a Dixson hanging on the wall, you know who created it even before you see Don’s name on the quilt.
Janell knows how to cut tiny pieces out of a quilt and then reassemble them into something entirely new. Each of her quilts tells a story that she has played out in her head long before the quilt takes shape. For Janell, the frame around the piece is just as important as the piece itself. You’ll marvel at the tiny pieces and the larger ones in each of Janell’s finished works of art.
We hope you like these articles by Kevin Carpenter and Millie Kehrli and that you seek out these great Iowa art quilters.