I am extremely fortunate to be a part of Latitude Quilts. This is an international (from a range of global Latitudes) group of 16 women who have come together for camaraderie, creative and technical challenge, quilted and mixed media art work and critique. I can't tell you how talented, adventurous and knowledgeable these women are ... so I will show you! Our first themed challenge will be posted this coming January 31st. You will be able to view this work on the LatitudeQuilt blog page.
...looking forward to a year of friendship and art.
DEBORAH WIRSU, Australia
GRETA HUSEBOE, Norway
I live in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway. I have two girls and two grandchildren. I've been sewing since I was a little girl and started quilting in 2000. I also love books, letters, symbols, knitting, crochet and card-weaving . In the beginning I was mostly self-taught from books and the internet, later from Linda and Laura Kemshall at Design Matters. Beside my artwork, I've been working in the Norwegian Broadcasting with audio- and video recording and editing my whole life, and lately I also do the graphics for our local daily news. You can find my blog at : http://buds-of-may.blogspot.no
GURLI GREGERSEN, Denmark
JUDY HAAS, United States
I live on the South Dakota (USA) prairie on a small ranch with a large view of the Black Hills. I sewed when I was young, made my clothes for school, trained as a nurse. I have worked as a nurse, an artist for the SD Arts Council, in weaving, paper making, printmaking and now quilting. I am back to sewing again.
My children have inspired me to travel--to Peru and New Zealand--besides the USA. Having family outside the US has really broadened my experiences as I visited them.
I use the images around me to inspire my work. Colors, lines, shapes. The City and Guilds course in Creative Patchwork and Quilting has added to my techniques and patterns of working and has encouraged me to pursue my own style.
JULIA ARDEN, New Zealand
KATIE PIDGEON, Canada
Life has seen a lot of changes for our family, having lived in the African tropics, sub Saharan Mmabatho, Cape Town and Johannesburg and currently the UK. In all things I crave bright bold colours. I have stitched since my childhood and explored many different crafts. Currently quilting is my passion and has been for 14 years alongside 6 years of colouring fabrics. I started with traditional quilts in strong bright colours and am now exploring new techniques and art quilts.
META HEEMSKERK, Netherlands
PAMELA PRIDAY, Australia
Living near the Barrington Ranges in NSW Australia fuels my desire to play with Abstraction of Nature. My art-quilts for walls are based on a contemporary rather than traditional approach. I aim to include imagery that is a reflection of the essence of the natural world taken from photographs by my husband or myself. Techniques used are many and varied,
from my hand-dyed fabrics & threads through to incorporating mixed-media. I enjoy dipping into anything inspirational, including the role of tutoring.
SABINE COURTELLEMONT-MAX, Germany
Originally from Paris, France I now live in the south of Germany with my husband and our three children. I started quilting in 2004 after buying a book about quilting during a Florida trip. An ENT surgeon by profession, I am currently a stay-at-home mom and quilting helps me stay sane while taking care of my little ones. After making traditional quilts for a while my interest for art quilts started in 2008. I love playing with colours and fabrics. For a long time I only machine pieced and quilted but while working on my C&G certificate, I discovered how relaxing hand piecing and quilting can be.
VIVIEN ZEPF, United States