October's Artist of the Month is Denyse Schmidt. Denyse is a quilter who works in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is one of my favorite artists and here is why: she takes a historic craft and turns it into something modern. Denyse offers workshops for people who quilt and I went to one. We learned about Denyse's "Improvisational Quilting" method. We had to pull scraps of fabric from a bag and use them no matter what we got. It was very different from a lot of the quilting I had done because you didn't plan what you were doing first. I had never thought about quilting in that way before.
Denyse also designs fabrics. Check out her website for more information about her work.
I notice that Denyse really thinks about her compositions. It reminds me of when we do collage in class. What do you think?
This quilt was inspired by these dresses.