May 8, 2016
Cynthia Corbin’s art quilts have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and New Zealand. Her work has appeared in many exhibitions, such as Quilt National, Artist As Quiltmaker, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Art Quilt Elements, Speaking In Cloth, Visions, CraftForms, and Fiberart International. She lectures and teaches nationally, applying her passion to the development of each student’s individual voice.
Drawing on her love of both folk art and abstract art, she explores dyeing and painting, intensive machine quilting, and a problem-solving, seat-of-the-pants approach to quilt construction.
Cynthia Corbin first taught at the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops in 2015. Her students were so inspired and delighted that most of them immediately re-enrolled for her 2016 Workshop!
Cynthia returns to Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops to teach her Composing Composition five-day Workshop October 23 to 29, 2016 Don’t delay in enrolling if you’d like to work with Cynthia – it’s a great opportunity to catch her on the East Coast, just before she retires from teaching to focus more on Studio work and travel.
How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?
I taught my first class in 1974—basic beginning traditional hand piecing. But I didn’t start teaching seriously until 2003. By that time I felt I had something to teach that was a true reflection of my own experience.
What is your favorite part about teaching?
I love the direct connection with each individual student—finding out who they are and what kind of art they are interested in making. Fascinating!
What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?
Hands on, hands on, hands on. Oh, and supportive feedback.
What are you currently working on in your own art?
I am experimenting a lot right now. I have been staring at weather-beaten surfaces for a good long time and that is figuring in my work.
Where is your art currently being exhibited?
I currently have a piece in Quilt National 15 touring (Weathering Out).
Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?
I do show work in galleries from time to time. My best advice is to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities that come from unexpected places—places that perhaps show fiber along with other types of work—like pottery.
What is your favorite art quote?
I have two—First one is from Picasso, “I am always doing that which I cannot do in order to learn how to do it.”
Second is from John Ford, film director, “When in doubt, make a Western”.
Describe your studio.
Not big enough, sometimes messy, once in while it is tidy…the big umbrellas provide sunshade from the sky light. I am fond of umbrellas….
Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.
APQS Millennium Long Arm machine (Millie), my Bernina Aurora 440, rotary cutter, cutting mats in all sizes, DESIGN WALL. Oh, and pins once in a while.