Elizabeth Ford Ortiz, Textile Artist, featured for February at Brackenwood!
Brackenwood is proud to feature Elizabeth Ford Ortiz as our artist for February. The Artist's Reception is February 5th from 5-7PM. Hope you can join us!
Elizabeth is a textile artist who is well known in the quilting community here on Whidbey. Her work is extraordinary and completely original art. As anyone who quilts knows, one usually uses a pattern to create a quilt. Not Elizabeth. She has a very organic, "free hand" style of quilting that lets the colors determine the design of the quilt. Elizabeth Ortiz has been greatly influenced by indigenous art of Central & South America as well as Africa.
abric used in these quilts is also unique. Elizabeth personally hand dyes the fabric used to create the quilt. As you can see in the example above there is a tremendous variation of color within each piece of fabric.
Elizabeth starts with plain muslin colored cotton. But once hand dyed, the cotton is transformed with tiny nuances of color into a lush, suede-like fabric that begs to be touched. The color combinations and original designs are breathtaking geometric “paintings”.