Abstracting Nature

Nature is a constant source of inspiration for artists of all types. Some artists prefer to depict nature’s beauty literally, while others interpret their vision in a more abstract manner.

Our September/October 2017 art studio features the work of Heidi Zielinski, a quilter who prefers abstraction.

In the Beginning ©Heidi Zielinski from September/October 2017 issue of MQU
In the Beginning ©Heidi Zielinski from September/October 2017 issue of MQU

 

Heidi shares how she incorporates her perception of the beautiful area of  Western Montana she calls home into her work. She says “My mom always told me that she saw the influence of the natural world in every quilt I created whether it was intentional or not.”

Without Light Nothing Flowers ©Heidi Zielinski from September/October 2017 issue of MQU

Whether using commercial fabric to create a collage, or embellishing her work with paint and stitch, Heidi tries not to worry about perfection, but instead focuses on communicating a feeling or mood.

Detail from In Purple Fields ©Heidi Zielinski from September/October 2017 issue of MQU

For many more details about Heidi’s process, including the techniques and materials she uses to create her beautiful work, be sure to check out our September/October 2017 issue of MQU.

 

 

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