Emily Williams Decorative Fiber
Our Lady of Brassica de Santa Fe Fabric collage with thread sketching

Paths of Least Resistance
Improv piecing with hand-quilting

Only Two Things Money Can’t Buy Fabric collage with thread sketching

Emily Williams

Art Quilting

12 Cottage St
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

617 332-9330
email: emw@etheldora.com

My medium is fabric and I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to it. My mother and grandmother were fabulous fibercrafters … sewing, knitting, rug hooking, weaving, etc., so maybe it’s genetic? My sister already was the artist in the family, so I studied Zoology which somehow led me fairly seamlessly through careers in chemistry, training, marketing, writing, desktop publishing, parenting, and finally back to my first muse, fabric.

Currently, my inspiration is art quilting. There are many definitions, but for me, as long as it has fabric, layers, stitching, and I might like to hang it up on the wall…, it’s an art quilt. Unless, of course, it’s manipulated into a 3-dimensional or functional object. Or it’s not fabric, but leather, or plastic, or whatever. For me, applying arbitrary categories and rules can dampen the joy of creating. And that joy…, that, to me, is art.

My favorite works roam the range from abstract improvisation to realism, but I hope the through line is color and a sense of fun. I love to play with color and shape, learn, teach, collaborate, and not follow the rules.

My recent goal is to double back a bit and combine art quilting with science images, such as microscopic cells and anatomy.

Paradise City Northampton, May, 2020

See the work in these galleries:
Clever Hand Gallery • Wellesley, MA
Cambridge Artists Cooperative • Cambridge, MA
instagram @etheldora_sews

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