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Laura Quilligan - Improv Cloth

I'm a surface designer hand painting silk and velvet garments and scarves. I have been working in this wonderful medium for 10 years and sell my work in galleries and stores. I also do craft fairs, primarily in my town, Taos, New Mexico. I offer my work as a contribution to enhance the well being of each woman who wears an Improv Cloth scarf or garment.  The pieces work well for women who enjoy bold color and seek a timeless, ageless and sizeless look.

I enjoy connecting to other fiber artists, galleries or stores interested in carrying art to wear.  My work is available at Handwoven Originals, Santa Fe, NM; Ammann Gallery, Taos, NM; Artemisia Art to Wear, Taos, NM; Pursuits, Pennsylvania PA.

Artist's Statement:  The artist's job is to help people develop an awareness of our connected reality.  I create wearable art as a contribution to our connection to one another.  When we examine how cloth is made, we see a connection "unfolding"...  Plant or silkworm is connected to weaver and mill. Weaver and mill is connected to seamstress.  Seamstress, weaver and mill are connected to marketplace, and so forth; until cloth finds it's home with someone...  Using juxtapositions of color, line, texture and shape; the artist reveals an alternative viewpoint..  Like an open window letting in fresh air, we breathe in our connection to the beauty in the world. While realizing beauty, people transform their attitude in a positive way.  Thinking positively, each person then contributes to a collective civilized mindstream.  In this way, art is an urgent necessity.

Location:  Taos, New Mexico, USA

Blog:  Improv Cloth
Memberships:  Slow Cloth
Languages spoken: English

Hand Painted Top by Laura Quilligan

Tags:  Hand painted, related editions, hand dyed, accessories, art to wear, clothing

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-Henry David Thoreau

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