MAY 19 - Julia E. Pfaff
- Julia E. Pfaff
is a 2000-2001 recipient of an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts
Following in a family tradition, Julia
began quiltmaking at the age of ten.
With an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University she divides her time between being an educator and studio artist.
For over twenty-five years she worked as an archaeological technical artist in Greece, Egypt and Jordan.
quilted constructions have been exhibited at the American Craft Museum
in New York, the Textile Museum
in Washington DC, and at several locations in Canada and Japan.
She currently is teaching in an adjunct capacity for the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Here, she teaches Textile Manufacturing for the Fashion Industry and Historic and Ethnic Textiles for the department of Fashion Design and Merchandizing and Fabric Design for the Crafts/Material Studies Department.
also teaches Quilting and Surface Design as part of VCU's off campus graduate art program.
Quilter and artist Julia E. Pfaff will outline how her work has grown to a sophisticated art form incorporating traditions from quilting, western art, and ethnic textile production.
Process not only informs, but is an integral part of the development of Pfaff's work.
This lecture and trunk show focuses Julia's
most recent work which as well as a selection of older work that illustrates the growth and changes in her
will lend insights into her
creative process and discuss how can we edit better and have the confidence to express your own ideas and how to let your inner artist grow and mature.
After over twenty years exhibiting, teaching, and lecturing in the art quilt world she
will share her
insights into what makes good art and why not all art quilts fit her
After the lecture, Julia
will hold a half-day workshop titled: Drawing with Your Sewing Machine - The simplest piece of fabric can be turned into beautiful and unique art through the addition of quilted lines.
This fast-paced workshop introduces the various ways you can use your sewing machine to draw on fabric.
Both free motion and conventional quilting methods will be explored.
Participants will produce several samples during the class suitable for use as pillow tops.
Methods of joining machine quilted blocks will also be demonstrated.
On Friday, May 20 - Julia
will hold a half-day workshop titled: Contemporary Mosaic (or Crazy) Piecing - This fast moving fun class explores a spontaneous approach to a traditional quilting favorite with an emphasis on contemporary design.