Gayle Pritchard's Profile

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Every life has a story, just waiting to be told. No one else can tell it.
I have always loved art. I was lucky as a child to have the time to explore my world, and take it all in. I was also fortunate to have supportive adults along the way, especially wonderful art teachers who encouraged me.
For nearly thirty five years I have been making quilts. In the early 1980s, comfortable with the techniques I had learned, I began creating artwork with fiber, and have never looked back. My work continues to evolve, as my life experiences expand and are integrated into contemplative expression. It doesn't matter what materials are used to that end.
Despite the fact that I work with a variety of traditional artist media, collage, paint, photography, drawing, I am often asked what an art quilt is. My response is simple: an art quilt is the end product of an artistís idea. Regardless of the medium an artist selects, the…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 11
  • Joined April 1, 2009

Favorite materials

Give me fabric, fabric and more fabric I like commercial fabric, especially the unusual I love vintage and antique fabrics, and I love paper, too, especially quirky scraps from a flea market Because I like layers, making my own fabric holds great appeal

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About

Every life has a story, just waiting to be told. No one else can tell it.
I have always loved art. I was lucky as a child to have the time to explore my world, and take it all in. I was also fortunate to have supportive adults along the way, especially wonderful art teachers who encouraged me.
For nearly thirty five years I have been making quilts. In the early 1980s, comfortable with the techniques I had learned, I began creating artwork with fiber, and have never looked back. My work continues to evolve, as my life experiences expand and are integrated into contemplative expression. It doesn't matter what materials are used to that end.
Despite the fact that I work with a variety of traditional artist media, collage, paint, photography, drawing, I am often asked what an art quilt is. My response is simple: an art quilt is the end product of an artistís idea. Regardless of the medium an artist selects, the work is always about ideas. Techniques can be copied; self-expression cannot.
My artwork is personal and sensuous, rich with my ideas and experiences, expressed, collage-like, in layers. I often incorporate sheer fabrics and stitching into my paintings, or paint, found objects and paper into my art quilts. I use whatever works to tell the story.
To find the deepest voicing of my soul, I create with my hands. My mind and my hands are my most important materials, and I hope I never lose the use of either. From small, intimate drawings, altered photographs and collages, three dimensional assemblages and shrines, to gigantic wall quilts, I tell my story. I invite the viewer to contemplate my experiences as they are presented in my art.
Viewers are necessary participants for artists. In my work, I hope to touch you on a personal level, making an immediate connection by the familiarity and accessibility of the materials I use: cloth, paper, photographs, thread, words. I invite you into my world, hoping you will be lured to linger by the textural sensuousness of the work.

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