A Wicked Commotion
Monochromatic Challenge Quilt
Ann Bridges Portrait
My desire to sew began when I was young and wanted to make my own Barbie Doll clothes on the sewing machine. My mother said I had to wait until I had sewing in junior high, and I was frustrated because I did not want to wait. I continued to hand sew and finally, at the age of thirteen, was able to use a sewing machine. I have not stopped since. I sewed most of my clothes through high school and college.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie WI with a degree in Clothing, Textiles and Design. I took a Fiber Arts class while in college and was first exposed to quilting. I never finished that quilt, but my love of quilts grew. I have made lots of quilts but became bored with the traditional process in 2003 and quit because nothing inspired me. I got my groove back when I realized I could combine my love of illustration and fashion design, the history of fashion, and my hairdressing profession and make contemporary quilts of my own designs.
My work employs fabric and traditional quilting methods to create portraits and abstract art pieces which explore concepts such as self-image, vanity, and the changing definition of female beauty.
I was first exposed to quilting during a Fiber Arts class in college, but I soon became bored with the traditional process. I began making art quilts when I realized I could combine my love of illustration, fashion design, the history of fashion, and inspiration from my hairdressing profession to create contemporary quilts of my own design.