Quilting is a craft and an art that goes back to ancient times. While I’ve tried my hand at a small baby quilt, this Fall I got a real taste of what a true art it is when in the hands of a professional. I learned so many things about the process, tools and methods while working on the branding session/environmental portrait of artist and quilter, Marina of Fireside Quilting, in her studio.
Her clients come to her with ideas; some nascent and others fully developed. Her experience and ability to add structure to a vision is the guiding process that results in a quilt so beautiful you’ll want to hang it on a wall as tapestry.
This craft, which is steeped in tradition has so many modern bits to it now – the room filling Long Arm Sewing Machine being one of them! The studio is colorful with fabric samples all around. It is a methodically organized work space and yet exudes warmth; a quality that is all Marina.
I grew up with a dressmaker mom, so I get the lure that textiles can have on the psyche – the colors, the textures and the weave. Collecting a variety of fabrics can be addicting. Photographing Marina was a joy, not only because I respect her art and passion. It was a joy being in the middle of this fascinating collection of textiles and watching an artist create.