A group of artists from SAQA Indiana went to the Nashville, Indiana, home of fiber artist extraordinaire Peggy Brown this past weekend. It was wonderful to meet some new people and see Peggy's beautiful home and studio. Peggy was a wonderful hostess. (She even served us sherbet and cookies while we were there.)
Peggy was kind enough to share several pieces of her art with us. We saw finished quilts and paintings and even got to see some work in progress. We saw how she uses her watercolor paintings in her quilts. She currently has a piece in Quilt National (2013). If you aren't familiar with Peggy's work (or if you'd like to refresh your memory), check out her website here. Peggy told us she began her career as a watercolor artist. In the quilts we got to see, she used watercolor paints on silk and digital photography of her watercolor paintings (along with a lot of other things) to make her artistic visions come to life. Peggy was VERY generous about sharing her process with us. I loved the transparency and "glow" in the layers of her work. Here are a few pictures.
Here, Peggy speaks about how she constructs her pieces.
I LOVE the "glow" that seems to come from within this piece.
Here Peggy shows us what she will be using for a background on one of her new pieces. She has used watercolor paints to create the background she wants. She also showed us pieces of painted tissue paper, painted interfacing, and a soywax batik piece that might be incorporated into the new work.
I might have trouble getting ANY work done if I had this view out of MY living room window!
Thank you, Peggy, for sharing with us.