Journeying from Traditional to Abstract Quilts: Little Did I Know!
Every quilter sets off on a journey with that first quilt. Marya's journey has taken 46 years (so far), and has carried her through antique and reproduction quilts, quilt restoration, and finally sent her off into the land of abstract art. This exhibit explains the spark from that first quilt, charts the lure of antique quilts that propelled her into antique quilt restoration, and finally, and predominantly, celebrates the colors, textures, shapes, marks – and challenges, that have marked the most prolific portion of her journey.
Marya's work evolves in series, exploring an idea or technique as long as it excites her. Much of her work is grounded in small , visually energetic, improvisationally pieced blocks that she calls “wonkies”. A self-challenge to create 100 wonkies in 100 days triggered this ongoing series. Another series celebrating the shape of seedpods evolved from that, followed by a series celebrating the liveliness of pieced and fused “bubbles” (really just upscale wonkies). More series are waiting in the wings to be realized in fabric.