Fabric Collage Visions
Gwen Hatchette, www.gwenhatchette.com
June 20, 2011
Gwen Hatchette will give a combined trunk and Power Point program of her journey from watercolor, glass and traditional quilting to fabric mixed media.
Gwen is a full time studio artist, living in a transformed Craftsman house surrounded by beautiful gardens. Her studio, remodeled backyard carriage house was featured in STUDIOS magazine last year. It is the perfect setting for this highly creative person. Her work has been showcased in many venues such as QUILTING ARTS, MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED, FABRIC OF LEGACIES at the Lincoln Center, Steamboat Springs Depot, and the Broadmoor Hotel. Most recently she has shown her large stretched canvas collages in the “Bead Invitational” at Pismo Gallery in Cherry Creek where they sold off the walls so quickly that she had to make replacements.
When she retired from elementary teaching she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. After trying several different media she took up quilting. At first she made traditional patterns but after taking classes from local quilt artists she discovered her love of collage using textured paper, fabric and sheers inlayers that give her pieces a luminous depth of color. She hand paints or dyes cotton and silk fabrics and fuses them with other fibers. These layers are further enhanced with beads and sometimes thread work. When working on stretched canvas the design continues around the sides of the frame. While she creates small art quilts on her domestic sewing machine, Gwen also quilts larger traditional quilts on her long arm machine for customers and enjoys this kind of collaborative work. She generously donates many of her quilts and her long arm quilting talent for raffle and auction quilts to support favorite charities. What a great asset she is to the Fort Collins art community.