AprilArtist-03-31-16Margaret Abramshe is a studio art quilter living in Mesquite. She has a Master’s degree in Art from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree in Art Education from Florida International University. Currently she serves as a regional representative for the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is a member of the Surface Design Association. Portraits of family members and people in meditation are her primary subject matter.

She begins her portraits with a carefully selected file of digital images. Initial design choices are made using a variety of photo manipulation software programs. These files are cropped, color is adjusted or changed entirely while additional photographs or textures may be added to increase visual interest. When she is finished these files are commercially printed on to fabric.

After the fabric arrives in her studio Abramshe alters the printed image with paints, inks, dyes, pencils, pure pigment sticks and liquid watercolors treating the surface like a canvas. The final step is adhering additional layers of small cut commercial fabric to add depth and intensify the visual impact of the surface. Using a home sewing machine she covers the fabric with “thread painting”

Abramshe’s art work has been included in numerous exhibits including “Sacred Threads” in Herndon, Virginia, “Artist as Quilt Maker” in Oberlin, Ohio, “Quilt=Art=Quilt” in Auburn, New York, ”New Legacies” at the Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado and in “Quilting Past Present and Future” at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. Currently she has work on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Colorado, The Poway Center for the Arts in San Diego and at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

Her work will be on display at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery throughout the month of April and the public is invited to view it free of charge.

Margaret Abramshe is a studio art quilter living in Mesquite. She has a Master’s degree in Art from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree in Art Education from Florida International University. Currently she serves as a regional representative for the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is a member of the Surface Design Association. Portraits of family members and people in meditation are her primary subject matter.

She begins her portraits with a carefully selected file of digital images. Initial design choices are made using a variety of photo manipulation software programs. These files are cropped, color is adjusted or changed entirely while additional photographs or textures may be added to increase visual interest. When she is finished these files are commercially printed on to fabric.

After the fabric arrives in her studio Abramshe alters the printed image with paints, inks, dyes, pencils, pure pigment sticks and liquid watercolors treating the surface like a canvas. The final step is adhering additional layers of small cut commercial fabric to add depth and intensify the visual impact of the surface. Using a home sewing machine she covers the fabric with “thread painting”

Abramshe’s art work has been included in numerous exhibits including “Sacred Threads” in Herndon, Virginia, “Artist as Quilt Maker” in Oberlin, Ohio, “Quilt=Art=Quilt” in Auburn, New York, ”New Legacies” at the Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado and in “Quilting Past Present and Future” at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. Currently she has work on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Colorado, The Poway Center for the Arts in San Diego and at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

Her work will be on display at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery throughout the month of April and the public is invited to view it free of charge.