January 17, 2022 (Zoom Meeting)

Paula Kovarik

At Play in the Garden of Stitch”

Paula Kovarik has focused on stitching in her art practice for over 15 years. Her stitched drawings add energy, emotion and excitement to her quilt work. And now, with a studio full of finished pieces of art, she has decided that nothing is precious. Every piece is fair game for a new beginning in her work.  Recently she started cutting up finished work to create new pieces. Two dimensional pieces become vessels, masks, mobiles, and animated characters. Her explorations have taken her from a two-dimensional focus to a three-dimensional realm. Quilts are no longer rectangles. From politics to children’s stories, meditations to meanderings Kovarik stitches with gusto.



Paula Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As the creative director and owner of Shades of Gray, Inc., a graphic design studio, she specialized in communications. Paula’s textile art has been recognized by several national venues. She has been profiled in American Craft, FiberArtNow and Art Quilting Studio magazines. She is featured in Art Quilts Unfolding- 50 Years of Innovation by Martha Sielman, Nancy Bavor and Lisa Ellis and Art Quilts International Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. She is a juried artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Her work is in the International Quilt Museum and has been collected by the City of Memphis. Paula lives and works in Memphis, TN.


“Mom taught me pretty much everything she knew. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cooking, camping, fishing, compassion and responsibility. Then I went to school and learned some more. It all interests me, rocket science, plant biology, history, art, you name it, I’m interested. So I became a designer, the one career that forces you to keep on learning. I ran a graphic design business called Shades of Gray for over 25 years specializing in corporate and employee communications. A number of years ago I sold that business and began my career as a full-time fiber artist. Stitching is an extension of my thoughts through my hands. It’s about the edges as defined by line. It’s about the inner coming out. It’s about the layered, ripped, cut, and sandwiched together. Stitching is a slow process so I can be sensitive to surprises, allowing the stitched drawings to tell me more than I think I know. Surrounded by inspirations, I am awed by the mystery and eager to create. I multitask, dream in code, read with urgency and play with intent. Most days, I am breathless.”  –Paula Kovarik

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Time: Social time starts at 6:30. The meeting is from 7-9.