Fabric Artist History
My fabric art business, The Quilted Jardin, is woven from the generations of
my family. The threads of my skill and love for sewing reach back to my
mother who sewed all my clothes as I grew up and taught me how to sew...
and beyond to my grandmother, a seamstress in the early 1900's. The
transformation from a Midwest City girl to a country woman parallels my
father's journey from a "barrio" in Puerto Rico to the big cities stateside and
then to upstate New York after his second grandchild was born. After years
of sewing quilts, stuffed animals, and snowmen for my children, family, and
friends, I found myself with that "twitch to sew," looking for something new.
This time it was images of landscapes, those glorious places that lingered
in my memory and imagination. My children encouraged me to sell them.
My daughter designed my logo and soon we had put the family "stamp of
approval" on the name. The Quilted Jardin was a-bloom.
One day my daughter emailed me several photos of a hike in the North
Cascades Mountains with her graduate school program. These called out
to be transformed into fabric. The results were beyond my wildest
imagination. I was painting with material and threads, combining her
photographs with my fabric wall hangings.
My journey as a fabric artist has gone from landscapes to houses and then
to pet and people portraits. Each new venture came about by a customer
asking "Do you do pictures of ..? Would you...?"
In my professional life, I have worked with youth, HIV-positive individuals
and their families, and children in foster care. Having lived in the "boonies"
of East Galway, NY for 37 years, in one fell swoop I sold my house, moved
to Vermont, and retired. My journey's path now involves fabric, family, and
farm. The path of my business has shifted to focus on what brings the most
creative joy: animal portraits.
If you follow my Facebook account, you can get a better feel for the
workings of my business and family connections. My adult children each
have their own business and passion: Evening Song Farm, my son and
daughter-in-law's organic vegetable farm, and Fancy Pants Cakes, my
daughter's cake decorating business. I am fortunate to live close enough to
both of them to help with "grandmother duties" and pitch in when needed.
As a bonus, helping them fuels my own creativity. For example, the farm
series was inspired by a bunch of carrots stacked up at the Evening Song
Farm farmers market table.
May your purchase from The Quilted Jardin bring you serenity each time
you view it.
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The Quilted Jardin
North Bennington, VT