March 26, 2015
Elizabeth Barton creates exciting contemporary art quilts, using abstract art principles for inspiration. She returns to the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops to teach a five day class, Abstract Art for Quiltmakers, August 16 to 22, 2015.
How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?
Since 1986…started because I wanted to learn more myself and teaching is a very good way to do that!
What is your favorite part about teaching?
It’s extremely rewarding when somebody has been stuck at a certain stage sometimes for years and suddenly you can help them see the way through!
What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?
Useful information that you can take home and apply to many different quilts.
Individual personal critique – immediate feedback.
The shared enthusiasm of working alongside kindred spirits.
What are you currently working on in your own art?
I’m revisiting some older ideas with new subjects.
Where is your art currently being exhibited?
A couple of galleries in the South East, the touring Quilt National 2013, Atlanta airport: Gate 27 Concourse E.
Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?
That they look for a gallery that specializes in similar work.
Do you sell your work in any online gallery?
What is your favorite art quote?
Sergei Eisenstein the great Russian filmmaker said: “Careful planning and brilliant improvisation.”
Describe your studio.
I have different rooms for different activities. A large walk out basement with sinks etc., and large print tables for dyeing and printing. A command center with design wall, computer and sewing machine. And an art library and sketching area.
Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.
Pencil and paper, rotary cutter, T-square, protractor, camera, computer, sewing machine, and unlimited cups of tea!
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