Quiltart Quinceanero: Gisela Towner

Gisela Towner
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
15" x 15"


The fabrics are all pieces that I've dyed, shiboried, rusted, discharged, batiked - even some dyed batting and wool felt. There's also a little silkscreened tree and a little handpainting.


I come from a fine art background and when I first discovered the QA list, I was thrilled that I could make my art in fabric and fiber! At first, I was kind of amused by the people that were doing their own dyeing.  I remember telling my husband -- "If I ever get to the point that I start dyeing my own fabric...well, you get the idea! 
Well it wasn't long before the palette of fabrics that was available wasn't enough. After all, I was used to mixing any color I needed for my painting. I got plenty of help from QA members to steer me in the right direction. 
So that one of the biggest things that I've got from the QA list --all the wonderful techniques for making the fabric the color and pattern that I want. And the really wonderful members that are so generous in sharing their knowledge.