Thanks to Shea for contacting us about her excellent art quilts.
“Shea Wilkinson, a Nebraska native, has sewn clothes, costumes, quilts, and dolls since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and German Language. Afterwards, she taught English in Mexico, during which time she became passionate about creating art. She returned to the United States and immediately pursued a new career as an artist. She has exhibited widely, and has won numerous awards for her intricate, thread-based work. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
“I create art quilts using free motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine, in a sense, drawing with needle and thread. The story that I tell through my work is related to imagery from nature, myths, indigenous tales, and extraterrestrial worlds. I often think about how we understand the cosmos and our relationship to it, and that often finds its way into the themes that I choose.
“Through my work, I’d like to elicit a sense of magic and wonderment in the viewer, preparing them to delve into the world of nature and myth, where everything is permitted and new worlds spring up instantly.”
These are some very groovy quilts. I love the tribal imagery of alien civilisations, creating the narrative of extra-terrestrial visitors from a long time ago. They’re dark, they’re primative and they’re cool.
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