"What exactly are these collages? Are they quilts? Are they sewn? How do you get your ideas?"
Despite the fact that the primary medium is fabric, this is collage on a firm substrate, using archival glue, much like a cut paper collage. Some collages may be assembled with any combination of metal elements, fibers, acrylic medium and acrylic paint. There is no stitching involved.
What there is, is a huge amount of love and labor in each piece. Each collage is carefully cut and laid out before it is photographed, disassembled, and then slowly reassembled, gluing from the back layer, forward.
That is just the method. The inspiration comes from botanical life everywhere in nature and even indoors. And it also comes from the fabric itself.
A particularly blue batik fabric may inspire water and reflections, while a light green leafy pattern may become the surprise backdrop for an underwater pond scene, and burlap can become potting moss.
In these textile collages I try to capture the movement, color, beauty and joy of the natural world.
"Two whimsical pieces, 'Against the Tide' and "'River Clouds,' by another textile artist, Julia Berkley, are captivating, initially because the designs and colors used are so fanciful. A closer look reveals hundreds of tiny snippets of fabric assembled to create rich, dense, imaginative compositions."
—Flavia Cigliano, ArtScope Magazine, Mar/Apr 2017, reviewing Artists Corner & Gallery