“My fiber sculptures honor the integrity of traditional cloth in a contemporary setting, placing them in a 3 dimensional element.” – Barbara Riegel Bend
As a fiber artist I am drawn to the rich heritage of cloth and the story it tells through its content, color, design, and cultural history. I work with fabrics that have their own integrity and voice. In my fiber sculptures I explore the interplay of cross cultural fabrics stitched side by side with a reconfiguration of contemporary ‘throw away items’ that in their new form share the pattern, color or texture but not the history. I look to these contemporary items, such as snaps, perm rollers, zippers, for their design elements and ability to attach and repeat thus creating a rhythmic pattern to sew on to these fiber sculptures.
My fiber sculpture forms are internally supported by welded scrap metal, fencing or electrical wire structures. The shape is built up by tightly wrapped strips of knit t-shirts. The result is a firm and sturdy sculpture that is self supporting with a solid form. My fiber sculptures flare out with movement to help express the energy of the moment expressed.
Welcome to my world. It’s a world of colorful beads and lustrous threads, rich fabrics and ornate designs. My art quilts and embroideries are inspired by the shapes, patterns, colors, and life force of the natural world. In my work you will often see the leaves that surround my Wisconsin home; you may also see flowers, turtles, dragonflies, poetry, and currents of wind and water.
The art quilts and embroideries presented on this Web site/blog are the fruits of the labor I love–meticuloulsy crafted works in fiber–whether in the form of ornately pieced and appliqued quilts or richly hand-beaded and embroidered works on fabric. Enter and enjoy.
Long-arm quilting has helped me make new friends and meet new people. I have a wonderful studio designed, by my son-in-law, to have good lighting and excellent storage. The time I spend working on quilts for myself and other people is a wonderful part of my week. The studio picture below illustrates the wonderful light and clean lines that help me do a great job on your very special quilts.
About the name of her business: The name comes from a 1950’s toy sewing machine called “Little Mother”. Additionally, my husband Richard took to calling me the “Little Mother” due to my stature and our two lovely children. Before my quilting business took off the name was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the business evolved and the name has stuck around.
Working in fiber since 2005, Pat uses the tactile nature of the fabrics to create a simplified expression of the strength, beauty and complexity in the natural world around her. A painter first and currently a quilter, Pat sees the emerging field of quilts in the art world opening new opportunities and challenges for creative expression with textiles. Pat is involved in her local and regional community of art and quilting, being a member of several Wisconsin art associations and a professional member of the Studio Artist Quilters Association. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, is available for lectures and workshops on the techniques she uses to make her quilts.
Gifts in the Gallery is an annual artist gift shop that runs for two weeks mid December. It’s held in the Inez Greenberg Gallery. There is a festive reception on December 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The shop is open from December 4-18, 2013.
Our mission is to build a vibrant community for modern quilters and fiber artists in the greater Madison area to come together and learn and develop techniques, abilities, styles and interests.
We partner with our customers to fulfill their needs while sustaining the business through mutual support. Providing immediate access to materials and supplies that customers need enables them to keep their creative juices flowing and supports their growth and, in turn, that of the shop’s bottom line.
Our mill produces one-piece batts, crib to queen size without stretching. This allows you to receive a batt of an even thickness throughout. The lapping mechanism which allows us to make sizes also layers the fibers in a slight V shape which gives our batts more loft and buoyancy, thus more air pockets for insulation and comfort. This also allows our batts to be felted without having to relayer it at right angles. Therefore we feel we offer you the finest product on the market today.
Batts are made in one large piece and rolled with tissue paper between the layers for easy unfolding. King sizes are made up of 2 (54″ x 90″) batts LAID SIDE BY SIDE.
The Cedarburg Woolen Mill began processing wool in 1864. That thread continues today at our Mill on the corner of Washington and Columbia. See wool processed much as it was over 100 years ago on vintage machinery patented in 1860. Tours available: Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $2.00 Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Call for reservations. Tours include a history of wool in Cedarburg, facts about sheep and wool, demonstrations of the burring picker and wool card, and a hand card and hand spinning demonstration. Our mill produces one-piece batts, crib to queen size without stretching. This allows you to receive a batt of an even thickness throughout. The lapping mechanism which allows us to make sizes also layers the fibers in a slight V shape which gives our batts more loft and buoyancy, thus more air pockets for insulation and comfort. This also allows our batts to be felted without having to relayer it at right angles. Therefore we feel we offer you the finest product on the market today.
WELCOME TO CHERRYWOOD – the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. Our exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. Once you feel it, you will understand why Cherrywood is the leader in hand-dyed fabrics.
We apply our privately designed line of colors to high quality fabrics to offer you the best product for your creative needs. The hand dyeing process we’ve perfected over 25 years produces a beautiful tone-on-tone texture that reads as a solid, but has depth and variety that will never be replicated by mass-production. Cherrywood is proudly made in the U.S.A. by women who sew, create and dye a little every day.
I believe all humans have a need to be creative, and that art is made to examine our emotions and responses to the world we live in. I have found that working in mosaics and textiles are gratifying art forms. I have only begun to examine the possibilities of these two mediums. So few people believe they have any creativity within themselves, judging their abilities before ever trying. Whenever I have an opportunity to help someone discover his or her creativity I understand a little bit more of the purpose for my life. When we are passionate about what we do it is easy to share. As I continue in my work I am constantly discovering, and isn’t that what all of life’s experiences are meant to do?
Pam Collins is mostly a self taught artist, who works in watercolors, mosaics, and fabric. (not simultaneously) She has studied under nationally known artists in pursuit of her favorite medium. Collins has lead numerous watercolor and mosaic workshops in her studio, at area art centers and school districts. Her passion is contagious and inspirational. She has received grants from Five Wings Arts Council funded from the McKnight Foundation. Most recently Pam won a 2014 Community Arts Leadership award.
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