A L I C E B E A S L E Y

I've been making fabric portraits in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. From the beginning, my goal has been to use fabric as a medium of expression. I incorporate the same light, shadow and realistic perspective used by artists in other mediums, but without the use of paint, dyes or surface treatments. Instead I use the ordinary quilter's tools of commercial fabric and thread to make portraits and vibrant still life compositions. Rather than relying upon templates or photo projections, I prefer to work directly, building a composition in the same manner as a painter working on a canvas. All pieces are cut free-hand from fabric with scissors or rotary cutter, fused and machine appliqued.

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