Robbie Porter
Art Dolls

“Bead All that You Can Bead”
Marcus Amerman

I am an artist who is fascinated by texture and color. Twenty years ago I discovered the art of beadwork. The integration of beads into my art quilts has become my passion. The two quilts I have shared with you here are my first beaded art quilt – The Cathedral Floor and my most recent art quilt Missouri Reflections.

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The Cathedral Floor

The forest is a Spiritual place, and never more so than in the early Spring as Winter passes away and new plant growth begins. The beadwork on the surface of this quilt depicts how the forest floor is transformed into a Cathedral Floor glowing in the sunlight of Spring and Spirit. The quilt top is hand drawn and painted showing the bloodroot, wild ginger and hepatica of early spring.

Missouri Reflections

Missouri Reflections is a bead embellished art quilt designed after a trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.The quilt incorporates photography by using a photo transfer technique created with images photographed by the artist at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in July of 2003.

The diamond theme represents the repeated reflections found in the water. The quilting is a combination of traditional stitches, free motion sewing and thread painting. The quilt was three years in the making with over fifty hours in the beadwork alone.


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