When I came across this piece by Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer I was transfixed. Here was someone who shared my fascination with large blocks of transparent color and achieved the effects I longed for.
According to her website, Meyer teaches at the Studio School of the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. The work shown on her website dates from 2005 and earlier. I have no idea what she’s been making since. I know she teaches workshops in places such as New Zealand, and seems to have ties to that country.
Here’s one of her more recent pieces from a SAQA blog entry posted in 2013.
She is co-author with Ann Johnston of Speaking in Cloth: 6 Quilters, 6 Voices, that is a companion to a traveling international exhibit of the same name.
Her artist’s statement:
I try to make each quilt as simple, essential, and direct as I can. I want viewers to be able to visually enter my quilts and walk through fields of color to the still, contemplative space within. That is the place my work comes from and the place I hope to lead others to when it is done.
My guess is she combines hand dyed fabric with dyed/painted organza to get that melting, see through effect. I didn’t notice the quilting at first, but it’s integral to the design in at least half the quilts on her website. To me this is refreshing as machine quilting sometimes veers towards showing off how much thread can be used.
My new goal is to take a class with her.