Collective Visions is an art quilt group whose projects resemble works of art rather than traditional quilts. The traditional three layers (top, batting and backing) found in quilts is maintained however the art takes over with original design and innovative embellishments including paints, inks, beads, yarns and special fibers. Each member of the group designs a pattern that is divided into sections and given to the other members of the group. The artists independently complete the sections and return them to the original designer who then joins and finishes the quilt.
The February 2012 display will feature several art quilts designed by Dona Ford. Participating artists are Joanne Baeth, Carole Bowen, Kathy Adams, Susan Massini, Louise Page and Cheryl Carbone.
Dona’s first love in life has always been horses, so it was just a little stretch to use Zebras as a fracture piece. One Zebra was given to each participating member along with a paint chip that the artist could use for her colors. Nothing traditional about these Zebras, loaded with color each Zebra takes on an attitude of its own.
The carousel horse is from one of many carousel pictures by Gary Sinick. (copyright permission is in progress) The Dancing Carousel is a favorite of Dona’s.
The Forgotten Garden is a large piece where your eyes keep looking and discovering individual art pieces throughout the quilt. There is an old key and chain hidden in this garden, giving you permission to enter. This piece is her mind’s fantasy looking for a peaceful place to rest and think.