Zuni, Southwest Indian Series, (60"x72"), © D. Zopf 1982

Artist Statement
Dorothy R. Zopf

Constructing a quilt is the most challenging way I know to work with color and shape and texture. The possibilities seem endless. Any size and shape is acceptable. Heavy thread and rough textures can be incorporated next to fine silk and found objects.

My inspiration comes from many
sources: the fabrics at hand, a photograph from a trip, a cultural motif, architectural detail, patterns from plants or, simply, juxtaposed colors variously repeated. Taking the idea to the stitched surface, gives me a chance to give new life to fabrics that might otherwise be discarded, which pleases me too.

At one time I thought a computer program would be an aid for designing patchwork patterns, but the miracle of the quilting stitch superimposed on the patchwork was completely missing. The machine failed to take into account the nuances of color and surface inherent in fabric. The quilting stitch gives texture to the patchwork pattern when plain fabrics are used; ties are used for accent when the material is already patterned.

I have always liked to work with my hands. I am what is known as a traditional quiltmaker, one who learned at home from an older generation rather than at school in formal classes. In quilts, daily life and art have come together for me. I find satisfaction and joy in working with common materials to produce an uncommon result.


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