Joan Scott - Fiber Artist

Thread and cloth have always been part of my creative life. Thirty years ago I took my first weaving class and was hooked immediately; I started quilting about twenty years ago and have became obsessed. Clearly I must have an addictive personality, when it comes to fiber.

My present work focuses primarily on quilts and painted silk. I am fascinated by color and pattern, which has led to dyeing and painting yarn and fabric. Quilting is my current passion. Because of my interest in color, pattern, and texture, making quilts is a natural extension of my work in fiber. Presently my focus is on large quilts and small wall hangings, utilizing more traditional patterns in non traditional color ways. The quilts are machine-pieced and quilted, made of 100 percent cotton, and functional. When painting the silk scarves, I prefer to apply the dye directly onto the silk with a brush, though I sometimes use shibori techniques to create resist patterns in the silk, then injecting the dye, which adds an element of surprise to the final product.

I am interested in creating work which is functional as well as beautiful. I believe that fine craft should be present in our lives and homes, that it is important in these days of mass produced, shoddy goods to allow ourselves the pleasure not only of appreciating, but using beautiful things, made by hand. I believe it is a reflection of our culture and who we are as human beings. It seems to me that we often spend our time, our money and our health in profligate ways and then regret what we never accomplished. A person just never knows the number of her days; it could be years or months or minutes. It takes something catastrophic to give us a new perspective or change our behavior. The point is we never know how much time we have. There is no tomorrow; there is only today. How do my quilts refect his view? Do they need to? I would like them to be more than pretty blankets or pretty pieces to hang on a wall, but I don't know that it's necessary. If the making gets me though rough days and results in a blanket or wall hanging that comforts someone else, then maybe that's enough. Writers write book after book, painters paint picture after picture. Do they ask themselves how many more do I need, as I have heard many quilters say? Perhaps, but if you have another book in your head to write, or picture to paint, does it mean that you shouldn't because you've already done so many? I don't think so. I'm sure I have more quilts to make; I don't feel like I am done yet. It's all about the making, the process, and not the end result.


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