My fabric art is created entirely by an intuitive process, with which I build my designs fairly quickly and freely. I learned traditional methods of piecing by hand when I began this journey with fabric, but soon began to enjoy the design phase of fabric artistry.
All of my pieces are my original designs, generally depicting abstract forms from nature. My style has evolved utilizing curved piecing and organic shapes, generally with warm colors. I love to use green, blue, gold, rust and brown.
My collection of fabrics includes mostly my own hand-dyed and hand-painted cottons and silks. Fabrics with various surface designs, using discharge and resist techniques, are often included. I collect a wide variety of unique textiles, including African and Asian batiks, home decorator fabrics, and anything I find of interest from around the world.
In addition to many years of teaching, Joan's work has been shown in major shows, and won numerous awards, including:
SAQA 2014 Challenge: Redirecting the Ordinary. IQF Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago
SAQA 2012 Challenge: Sense of Scale. IQF Houston, Long Beach & Cincinnati
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival IV, Williamsburg, VA
Road to California, Ontario, CA
National Quilting Association show, Riverside, CA
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY
Gallery shows include:
"Abstracts in Fiber and Paint", a two-person show at The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA,
January 24 to March 6, 2014
"Ellene Ashcraft Membership Medley", Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA, July 17 through August 16, 2014
ARTful Women, 7 Voices in Fabric Art, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA, March 7 through
April 25, 2014
Shenandoah Winery, Plymouth, CA, September through January 5, 2014
ARTful Women, Grass Valley Winery, Grass Valley, CA, August, 2013
"Layered and Stitched", SAQA Show at Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA, June 2013
Annual Textiles Exhibit, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA, May 2013
"Fantastic Fibers 2013", Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, April 2013
ARTful Women, Invitational Quilt Show, Main Street Gallery, Weaverville, CA, January 2012
ARTful Women,The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA, November 13 through December 9, 2012
SAQA Show, Cinema Place Gallery, Hayward, CA, 2011
Solo show at Nevada County Winery, Artist of the Month, August 2006
Textile/Fiber Arts Show, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, February 2006
Textile/Fiber Arts Show, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, February 2005
Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists, Cypress Community Center Gallery, Cypress, CA, June 2000
She has had quilts published in many national magazines, and in 12 books by authors including Roberta Horton, Christine Barnes and Joen Wolfrom.
She is a member of Studio Art Quilters Association.
She is a founding member of Mountain Art Quilters in Nevada County, CA.
Her hand-dyed fabrics were sold as “Dyer’s Delights Hand-dyed Fabric" for many years.
Joan's website: www.joandyer.info