February 7, 2015

Carol Esch is one of the most lively and enthusiastic students, and her attendance really lifts a Workshop’s energy and level of enjoyment through the week. Carol has attended a variety of Fiber Arts Workshops at our facility over the years, and has made the most of the classes to really expand the range of techniques used in her impressive art quilts.  

Carol Esch Collage

How long have you been taking Fiber Art Workshops?

Oh gosh, I’ve been taking workshops at Hudson for at least six years…maybe longer! Some of the instructors I’ve had: Jean Wells Keenan, Carol Taylor, Sue Benner, Pat Pauly, Liz Berg and Rosalie Dace. These teachers are not found on the East Coast for five day classes! Kim and Mark find and employ the very best instructors!

How did you find the Workshop experience?
I loved it so much at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops that I gave my husband a gift of a week of painting with John MacDonald. We then discovered that Deborah, John’s wife, was in my fiber art class! My husband Don has taken two classes with John, one with Kim English, and one with Kenn Backhaus. Don loves the ambiance and food…and Mark complies with no asparagus, goat cheese or lamb for Don!

What would you tell your friends are the three best reasons for taking a Workshop?
One of the best parts of taking workshops here…besides the food of course…is the length of classes, camaraderie, and ability to work in the studio 24 hours a day.

What projects are you currently working on in your art?
Currently I’m working on a series of “window” quilts. I am, however, a PROCESS person so I love learning new things.

Where is your art currently being exhibited?
My quilts have been in AQS shows, several guild shows in New Jersey, a couple of small shows, and one of my window quilts won Viewer’s Choice in the Prallsville Mills show which is mostly for painters and photographers. I am applying to a few other shows and learning to resize photographs and fill out all the info. Some fiber artists must have full time people to do all this!

What is your favorite art quote?

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton

Describe your studio.

My studio (stash and cutting table) are in one area of my house, but I sew in another sun-filled area.

Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

My favorite tools are my right angle ruler, Olfa cutter and mat, Kai scissors and design wall.