We will develop designs for abstract art quilts which can be constructed using numerous techniques. We will complete design exercises to unleash our creativity, using magazine and book photographs as a spring board. The elements of design and the principles of design will be discussed and exercises will be provided using those. Ideas will develop on paper for a number of designs that can lead to actual art quilts.
This class is a fast paced one, the idea is to create a lot of small samples without thinking too much about them. Please be prepared to have fun and create quickly. There are no rights and wrongs in this class—just learning experiences!
Please note this is not a sewing workshop no need to bring a sewing machine.
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About Liz Berg
A quilter for over forty years, art quilts and mixed media have become the passion for Liz Berg during the past twenty-five years. Originally a painter, Berg works toward combining her style from one medium to the other. Using nature and color as a springboard, she enjoys working with line, color and shapes in an abstract expressionist style. She colors her own fabrics, starting with white fabric and using dyes, paints, and other means of adding color to create her palette. She also incorporates mixed media in her textile creations.
Berg has used her artistic abilities to work with children in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center and in creating liturgical art for All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro. At the Juvenile Justice Center, Berg worked with girls in creating dolls which they personalized. They also created small teddy bears under her direction. These were two of the few projects the girls were actually allowed to keep with them while detained.
Working with all ages at All Saints Episcopal Church, Berg has helped the congregation produce an altar frontal which is representative of the Growing Season. Each Sunday the frontal would be taken down from the altar and brought into the multipurpose room where over seventy people from ages 3 to 88 cut out various parts which were fused down onto the frontal, and when finished, stitching and quilting was completed by Berg.
She completed a one month residency at the Creative Art Center in LaGrange, Texas which allowed her to complete a new body of work using discharged surface design on black fabrics.
In 2010 she went to Uganda with a small group to work with AIDS orphans at Sunrise House, a home partially supported by donations from the church and other organizations. She worked with the teen boys in order to complete a series of drawings of local life and settings which were made into notecards upon return to the US and sold in order to provide more funding opportunities for the children.
Her work has been in numerous national and international art and quilt shows. She teaches design and composition to groups throughout the US and Internationally. She has a variety of awards for her works from these venues. Additionally, her work has been published in several books and in magazines. She has authored several articles for Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine. she has work in the public art collection of the Alameda County Arts Commission which purchased four pieces and later commissioned the creation of three more which are shown in various county buildings, including the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro, CA. Additional art has been purchased by the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Lincoln, CA. She has also completed several large commissions for private collectors.