Michelle Dobrin's Profile

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I am a self-taught art quilter and fiber artist (and more recently, mixed-media and mosaic tile artist). I have been creating quilted, non-traditional wall-hangings since 1997. My early art quilts all featured appliquéd images of insects (made while pursuing a degree in biology), but my range of subjects has changed and broadened since. For the past 6 years, while still working in ecology, I turned my hobby quilting into a professional career. I currently sell my work in various galleries and shops across Canada (from the East Coast to Manitoba), and the United States (Detroit area, and Chicago).

I have a keen interest in nature and, in most of my work, I combine that interest with contemporary quilt-making. With an innate sense and love of colour and texture, I like to add layers of different fibers to my quilts. Colourful fibers such as hand-dyed cheesecloth, dryer sheets, Tyvek, frilly yarns,…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 22
  • Joined July 15, 2011

Favorite materials

hand dyed cotton fabric and paper, upcycled and repurposed fibers, acrylic and watercolour paint, metallic and fabric paints and dyes, yarn, fusible felt, cotton thread, ceramic and glass tile

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Stitched Fiber, Mixed-Media and Mosaic Art

About

I am a self-taught art quilter and fiber artist (and more recently, mixed-media and mosaic tile artist). I have been creating quilted, non-traditional wall-hangings since 1997. My early art quilts all featured appliquéd images of insects (made while pursuing a degree in biology), but my range of subjects has changed and broadened since. For the past 6 years, while still working in ecology, I turned my hobby quilting into a professional career. I currently sell my work in various galleries and shops across Canada (from the East Coast to Manitoba), and the United States (Detroit area, and Chicago).

I have a keen interest in nature and, in most of my work, I combine that interest with contemporary quilt-making. With an innate sense and love of colour and texture, I like to add layers of different fibers to my quilts. Colourful fibers such as hand-dyed cheesecloth, dryer sheets, Tyvek, frilly yarns, inkjet printed fabrics, upcycled and repurposed papers, all seem to me to add interest and both visual and real texture to an otherwise soft and smooth broadcloth surface.

My work is mostly ornamental. My quilts, whether hard-backed or soft, large or small, are designed to hang on the wall or be displayed in some way or other. From the very beginning, I have been exploring and experimenting with new forms and textures, new textiles and creative stitchwork, and my work is still evolving. Stay tuned to see the new developments!

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