church nursery while they attended Sunday service. Distressed and alone, laying in a crib, I happened
upon a warm, soft blanket to snuggle; this brought me comfort. When my parents returned and tried to take the blanket, I created such a fuss -- crying and clinging to it with all my might -- that the nursery staff let me keep it. I got to take the blanket home!
|Shroud of Security 28W x 46H|
And so began my lifelong love of cloth. Yes, just like Linus! But without the thumbsucking...A Northern California native, currently living in Southern California, I’ve been making art all of my life, yet I consider myself to be a newcomer to the world of art quilting. Although I have always admired traditional quilts and quiltmakers, attended many quilt shows, and even dabbled in a bit of traditional and contemporary quilt making, it wasn’t until after I lost my home to the California wildfires of 2007 that I designed and constructed my first contemporary art quilt, mainly out of a need to come to terms with this overwhelming loss. Once again, I found comfort “clinging” to cloth. I have worked with many different tools and artistic media throughout my life and I have come to understand that, for me, the tactile properties uniquely inherent in cloth, and the ability to express myself artistically through the use of that cloth, truly has the power to heal. While it may not always be my conscious intent at the start of a piece, and while it may not always be obvious to the viewer, the subject of loss continues to permeate much of my work; a theme, no doubt, I will continue to explore.
|Two Snails and a Weed 36W x 48H|
|The Art Haus 24W x 36H|
I have a line of stencils with StencilGirl and four lines of fabric with Hoffman Fabrics. Out of my love for drawing, I self-published two hand-drawn coloring books of my whimsical designs. I am one half of the curating team of Dinner at Eight Artists with artist Leslie Tucker Jenison. My work has been featured in many books and magazines with a concentration on the Quilting Arts family of publications, and have two DVDs. I have also enjoyed being a guest on Quilting Arts TV numerous times. I am honored to be one of the faces of Mistyfuse and a designer for Havel's Sewing.
My philosophy about my passion for making art quilts is less about perfection and more about having fun. I also teach, and most recently at Craft Napa! You can find me online at Twisted Sister http://www.JamieFingalDesigns.