The first set of questions in regards to Color Fields #14:
"It's a pretty large piece. Is it a wall hanging? Do you ever make quilts that are actually quilts, like lap quilts or bed quilts? "
Yes, Color Fields #14 is a wall hanging, as are most all my artworks. There is a sleeve attached to the back that you can put a rod through to hang it on the wall.
It is really tricky trying to explain to people about what I do because the word "quilt" comes up and brings up lots of different associations for people. I am an artist that creates artworks that just happen to use quilting techniques in the process.
I have tried different media over the years and didn't come to fabric until my friend invited me to take a quilting class with her. We made a traditional bed size quilt (although I picked some pretty untraditional colors and fabrics). I took a couple of classes and made a couple of quilts.
Then, one day I discovered The Art Quilt book by Robert Shaw.
I was amazed and a light bulb went off inside my head and I thought I could do my art this way. That was in 2001. So I started creating original designs in fabric. I also took a sewing class because my basic knowledge was from middle school home-economics class. I still feel like I don't know that much about sewing in general.
Over the years, I've read books, taken a few workshops, read other art quilters blogs and other sites on the internet and tried to absorb information on different techniques. I started dyeing my own fabrics and have also learned from practice.
In the beginning, I made a few baby quilts and bed quilts for family and friends. They were regular patterns and it was years ago. I have not made an original design bed quilt. I now concentrate on making my own original wall art.
I will answer more of Dianne's questions in my next post: What do I do? Part II