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Quilt As Art
Barbara Ann McCraw
Quilter • Lecturer • Instructor
 
 
Artist's
Statement
  Quilt As Art - Quilt Artist Barbara McCraw
 
 
I grew up in a Chicago tenement, most in awe of how my mother took second-hand scraps of fabric, furniture, and hand-me-downs and turned them into a palace of a place for us to live. It might not have really been a palace, but in my mind it was.

My artwork is most influenced by my imagination, the encouragement I receive from my friends and the memory of my mom. I think of her the most while I'm sewing; I think of how steadfast and hardworking she was and at once, my patience grows for the tedious work sometimes involved in quilt making. Satisfaction with the results is much more important to me than how long it takes to get there.

The colors in my head are vivid, recalling movement, Nature, and the beauty of people. I have great respect for traditional quilting and love to imagine and learn the history behind the patterns, but my true interest is in creating one-of-a-kind, uniquely designed quilts using more contemporary techniques.

I feel a communal joy in working with other women, and a personal joy in creating articles of expression and comfort. I am influenced by my need to express my imagination, my heritage, my vision, and influenced also by my need to offer something of myself through community service. For me, the art of quilt making allows me to accomplish all of this.