Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fractured Color

Mary Lou Alexander
Hubbard, Ohio USA

Glacier 2008
38" x 48"
Quilt National, 2009
Dye technique- Arashi Shibori
Inspiration: Glaciers she saw on a trip to Alaska

Ubizane Sunset , 2009
72" x 72"
Dye technique - Arashi Shibori
Inspiration: Based on a sunset she saw while in Africa.

DETAIL: Shibori 9 Patch #8 2008
 38” x 37”
Dye technique - Arashi Shibori
Inspiration: 9 patch quiltmaking techniques

For 25 years Mary Lou Harrison Alexander was a Biological Anthropologist, studying New World Primates and teaching at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In 2001, after taking a class in shibori dyeing from Yoshiko Wada at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, she quit her tenured professorship to become a full-time fiber artist. 

Since then she has exhibited her award-winning quilts in numerous juried shows. 
Last year she was selected for Quilt National 2009: The Best of Contemporary Quilts. 

Mary Lou has contributed to Fiberarts Magazine, and in 2008 she curated a show called Depth and Breadth: Six Quiltmakers in the 21st Century for the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown OH. In October, 2009 she curated a show of quilts by Nancy Crow, also for the Butler Institute. 
See more of her work here.
p.s.   I am the proud recipient of her generous spirit. On my living room wall.

Glacier 2, 2008
22" x 36"

All photos are courtesy of ML. Alexander and C. Mauersberger

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous to see these! Thanks for sharing, and congrats Mary Lou!


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