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ANN ROBERTSONxxxx

How would you describe your art/craft? I am a fiber artist. I create art quilts (three layers sewn together) using a variety of fabrics, including cotton, silk, wool, and poly blends, but my favorite is antique kimono silk. I sometimes use paints, dyes, and special threads, buttons or laces. Free-motion machine quilting is often an important component of my design.

What kinds of items do you sell? What is the price range? I usually sell wall quilts that range in size up to 70" x 70." The prices range from $800-$1500.

How long have you been doing this? I have sewed all my life, but in 1995 we lived in Kobe, Japan, and I could not work as an EFL teacher because the Great Kobe Earthquake made commuting impossible, So I started quilting.

Have you travelled to Japan? I lived in Japan a total of 10 years, in Komatsu City, Ishikawa, as an English teacher, and later in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kobe when my husband was a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department. I often went to the temple sales in Kyoto and bought antique kimonos that were old or stained in some places but still beautiful to be used as pieces of fabric.

What is your favorite thing about working with kimono fabric? The silk is heavier than commonly available silks like Habutai, and often has an interesting weave. In addition, they are often hand painted or dyed. and the elegant patterns are unique. I am inspired by the fabric to create an art quilt, instead of designing a quilt and then choosing fabrics for it.

What is the most challenging thing about working with kimono fabric? The fabric is often soft and drapes well, so to use it in an art quilt I need to stabilize it. I also have to take into account any damage in the fabric from soiling or from age. Lastly, the yardage is limited, and you can't find another yard to match it on ebay.

ALSO... C
reating quilts is a hobby for me, not a business, so I am not set up as a company. However, I have sold quilts over the years. I like exhibiting my quilts and have had quilts in special exhibits at the New England Quilt Museum, the Virginia Quilt Museum, and the Texas Quilt Museum. My quilts have been juried into AQS, IQA, Mancuso, and NQA shows. I belong to AQS, SAQA, and to two local guilds, the Charlottesville Area Quilt Guild and the Fiber and Stitch Art Collective. I would be happy to talk with someone who wants to buy a quilt, exhibit my quilts, or schedule a talk.
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HERE ARE SOME OF ANN'S CREATIONS:

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